Mowing before or after Rain??

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MrUPS, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. MrUPS

    MrUPS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    What are your opinions on mowing before or after Rain?? Especially in dry and hot conditions!!
    Does it really matter at all??
    Thanks for any input!!
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,306

    Before! I wouldn't put myself in a situation to mow wet grass.
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  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    As stated, mowing wet grass is bad. However, if the lawn is really stressed and near dormancy then you can wait until after it rains. Just do not mow wet if you can avoid it.
  4. MrUPS

    MrUPS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Thanks... still kind of unclear though?? What if i wait till it dries after the rain?? IS there any advantage either way??
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Basic rules of Mowing

    Never remove more than 1/3 of the blade.
    Never mow wet grass except in dire conditions.
    Mow dry distressed grass higher than normal.

    If the grass is over grown and dry - mow it high, then mow it again after it rains but wait for it dry off.
  6. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rain keeps the dust to a minimum.
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  7. fastbs

    fastbs LawnSite Member
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    At the moment I wish we had that problem here.
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  8. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Everyone on my Monday schedule was mowed on Monday.
    Everyone on my Tuesday schedule was mowed on Tuesday.
    Everyone on my Wednesday schedule was mowed on Wednesday.
    Everyone on my Thursday schedule was mowed on Thursday.
    Everyone on my Friday schedule had their lawns mowed today.

    When it rains is mostly irrelevant to me unless it's raining while I'm trying to work.

    I guess I can see what you are getting at with the original question, as a lot of our lawns are getting fairly "crispy" with the current stretch of "no rain", but really, unless it's seriously going to be detrimental to a lawn (and I have no real "high-end clients btw), if they are scheduled for Monday, they get cut on Monday - wet, or dry.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,128

    Uhhh, if we waited until the grass was dry--whether from rain or dew--there's times we wouldn't mow for a day to a week. We also wouldn't be in business.

    If it's too dry, don't mow it, you'll only stress it more. If it needs to be mowed after a good rain, have at it. Might take longer, but it has to be done.

    Sorry Duekster, saying never to mow more than a third is just as unreasonable as mowing when dry only. Last May we had rain on 19 out of 31 days. Take out 4 or 5 Sundays (I don't remember how many and we don't mow on Sundays) that leaves at most 8 days where it wasn't a point that could be measured. We had a day or two that it drizzled in the AM or PM, but I don't think there was ever a day where it was 100% dry.

    We can have heavy dew conditions later in August or into September when it won't dry out until 11 or 12 o'clock. Or later. Some days it never completely dries.

    You're going to do far less if any damage to wet grass than you will dry grass. Have at it.
  10. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Here in the north east we have 50 degree nights and 90 degree days which creates heavy dew every morning til 10 or so. Mowing wet grass is a fact of life. It also rained most of april and may...
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