mow before or after it rains?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lsylvain, Aug 23, 2002.

  1. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 779

    It's been awhile since we seen any meaningfull rain around here. Most of my accounts still look ok but the drought is starting to take it's toll. I have a few accounts that are due today, but we should be getting a good rain tomorrow. My question is:

    Should I go ahead and mow or would it be better to wait and let the rain come. Is there any benifite to cutting now of after the rain. Any ideas?
  2. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    if you're in a "drought" it can be stressful to your grass to mow it right now, before rain, but it won't hurt anything to mow after the rain. Sometimes if the grass is really dry and dead or almost dead the mower breaks the blades of grass off (tires, deck rollers, stripe kits etc) and makes the lawn look nasty. If you can wait till it rains you would be better off, unless your schedule is too tight to risk losing a day or two.:(
    Good luck,
  3. Heller Landscaping

    Heller Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    The rain is not going to make a hill of beans if you mow today or the day after it rains. The rain will help but it will take a couple days to take affect.:blob4:
  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    clip the tips if it still has some green.
    if its brown and no weeds sticking up ,wait.sure hope u get that rain.
  5. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    after it rains...let some fluid get into the grass plant or you will leave mower stress marks
  6. Ditto ant.
  7. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    what awm said!
    If green just run across it to make it even across the top.

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