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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by knu2xs View Post
I called our oldest son, Travis, who's been in the lawn business for at least 20 yrs. He mowed, "professionally" for about 10 yrs., with the last 10 spent selling lawn care (fertilizer etc.) & tree services. He's a registered, or certified Arborist, I can't remember which.

Travis said that he's never heard that mowing wet grass will promote lawn disease (LD,) then went on to explain a few things.

The most common LD is "Leaf Spot" (LS,) and most lawns have it, you just don't notice it. He said that if you have a lawn service cutting your lawn that LD can be spread by grass clippings, tires and even foot traffic. If your neighbor has a LD and blows his clippings onto your lawn then there's a good chance that you will end up with it too.

He said that the most common causes of LD is cutting with a dull blade, which tears the ends and stresses the grass, and cutting it too short. The only time of the year that you should take more than a 1/3 of the length off is during the cooler months. Never when the temps are warmer. He said too much nitrogen will also promote LD.

He went onto to explain that when you cut your grass too short and it turns yellow that this is basically Leaf Spot "bleaching" out through the blades of grass. He added that, let's say, if you pitch a tent in your lawn and leave it up for a couple of days and the grass turns yellow there that this is also LS bleaching out through the blades.

He went into quite a few more specifics but it was hard for me to keep up with him.......
Interesting stuff! Thanks for contacting him and posting your findings here.
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Originally Posted by Rich M. View Post
Most of the articles that I have read say cutting wet grass will/can promote lawn disease. Again, I go back to lawn services cutting wet grass.
I reckon that cutting grass is somewhat like a cut on our skin in that it opens it to infection. Add moisture and it provides a good environment for evil stuff to flourish and infect the grass.

Or, I might be full of crap. <shrug>

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