Mowing before or after Rain??

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

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If lawn only has weedsgrowing like buckhorn that cuts the best when its wet
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,293

    I think things might be different in the desert South.

    Look at the Florida forum and the thread about all the rain they've been getting. There's no way they could stay in business without mowing in the rain.

    Or the folks in the Northwest where it is perpetually raining.

    Another problem is, when it rains frequently, never mowing will not allow the soil to dry out, either, further exacerbating the problem.

    I guess the question is, what damage is done when mowing wet grass? Other than possible ruts in the soil, what is the problem?
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,268

    I hear you on that one! ALWAYS wet in the mornings unless there is a breeze at night. Wet doesn't stop us. Some of these guys must not have many lawns if they can always mow when it is dry.
  4. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. MrUPS

    MrUPS LawnSite Member
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    Sorry guys, i should have been a little more clear. I am just a homeowner and trying to find the IDEAL time to mow!! My own personal feeling is that i like to mow just before it rains, not after cause i feel if i mow after, i will be cutting off the fresh green growth. If i mow before than it has time to grow the fresh green growth after the rain!! Am i looking to far into this???lol
  6. Duekster

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

    They should have known you were a HO. Follow the basic rules.
  7. chagh2.0

    chagh2.0 LawnSite Member
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    if itd not bogging keep mowig
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,612

    The mowing a 3rd off is beyond unreasonable here. The basic times up here are 7 or 14 days between cuts. But we have plenty of 7 day cuts where the lawn grows 200-400% and some how I am suppose to just take of 33%. If I have a lawn that's cut at 3-4 inches and I come back 7 days later and its 9-12 inches and that's very common here in spring there's no way I can cut it at 6 or 8 inches and the clients will be cool with it.

    Wet grass is trickier if its soaked and has water droplets on every blade forget about it. We would get one lawn done then the under deck of the mower would randomly start taking clump craps when it felt like it and man does that get old. Your on your final pass lawns presentable and then bla bla blab all over the pass and 2 to the side you turn to fix it and as you pass that area it does it again else where. Or you shut your blades off and half a barrel of crap falls off.

    Short rain bouts is something different so say we get a pop up storm where you can see clear sky's on the side as your getting poured on. Then its likely worth it to keep at it or take lunch then hit the lawns again. The misting all day its the tough one to make the call on if I got 3 days of clear sky's after that day coming then np were not going out in it but say its mothers day or any of those other gay holidays that require me to finish the lawns despite the weather. Then we have little choice then to slug it out at half speed in less than perfect wet conditions knowing the next morning is going to be 2 hours of scraping decks before we can head out again.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,293

    My reply still stands. If the turf is under stress from drought, wait to mow it. You will do far more harm mowing it if it is too dry than mowing it too wet. Or wet. Or damp.

    If it is too dry, you will further dry the turf out, requiring even more water to allow the turf to recover.

    And unless it's mowing for a couple days, you aren't really cutting the "new growth" off. Or it takes you a couple days to mow your lawn.

    Sure, cuz we're in the homeowner forum? :rolleyes:

    So the question remains, what damage will mowing wet grass cause? It may not be preferred, but it doesn't cause damage.
  10. Duekster

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

    No just be cause if had that feel.

    You can spread fungal diseases very effectively, the grass often clumps badly if not cleaned up ( almost impossible) those will smother the grass, if you have clay you will also increase compaction concerns.

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