Wet Grass - Lawn Mower Forums : Lawnmower Reviews, Repair, Pricing and Discussion Forum
Lawn Care and Landscaping Forum Discussion regarding your lawn care and landscaping. Post pictures of your landscaping plans, or your completed project. Post your questions when you are having troubles with your lawn.

 14Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Timonium, Maryland
Posts: 30
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wet Grass

Okay, I need to be schooled in the area of lawn care.

Over the years I have read up on the dos and don'ts of lawn care. I am by far not an expert, just the average homeowner who wants a nice lawn.

One of the things I have read on the don'ts is not to cut your grass when it is wet. With that being said, I noticed that most lawn service companies cut grass during and after rain storms. Also, it is not uncommon to see them cutting while the lawns are wet from the morning dew.

I guess their schedules dictate the need to hurry up and cut.

Thoughts?
Rich M. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 11:01 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: pennsylvania
Posts: 643
Thanks: 151
Thanked 37 Times in 37 Posts
I have at times mowed grass when it's wet, makes a real mess , at least with the equipment I have..a lot of clumped up grass not to mention under the deck is full of grass . my guess it's harder on the mower , engine, belts etc. safety concerns also (hills) like you I do see the grass mowing companies mowing wet grass even golf courses do....myself I try and wait till it's at least close to being dry before I mow. my thoughts are maybe certain types of mowers do better with wet grass than others
Austen and Ericjr16 like this.
wh55 is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 11:52 AM
Administrator
 
Austen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Kirkland, WA
Posts: 7,351
Thanks: 1,342
Thanked 1,348 Times in 1,052 Posts
Quote:
I have at times mowed grass when it's wet, makes a real mess , at least with the equipment I have..a lot of clumped up grass not to mention under the deck is full of grass . my guess it's harder on the mower , engine, belts etc. safety concerns also (hills) like you I do see the grass mowing companies mowing wet grass even golf courses do....myself I try and wait till it's at least close to being dry before I mow. my thoughts are maybe certain types of mowers do better with wet grass than others


I try and avoid it as much as possible. As mentioned above, wet grass will clump and stick to the bottom of your mowing deck (and pretty much everywhere on your machine for that matter) like glue. It does make a mess. Also, because it clumps when it's wet, it makes the machine work harder and you lose power which can make cutting tall grass even more of a chore.

If you have a gardening/landscaping business and do this kind of work professionally, you don't always have a choice.
wh55 and Ericjr16 like this.

"We donít look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." - 2 Corinthians 4:18 1958 Eclipse 32" Speedway l Restored Eclipse Sulky l 1947 Jacobsen 26" Lawn King Jacobsen 36-A Sulky Restored 1949 Jacobsen 20" Lawn Queen l Honda HRB215 l 1977 Economy Tractor l 1971 Bolens 1886-01
Austen is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 07:38 PM
Administrator
 
Ericjr16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Hudson Valley NY
Posts: 9,015
Thanks: 2,908
Thanked 792 Times in 676 Posts
Garage
It destroys your deck from bottom up in most cases over time! A lot of machines we buy you can tell when deck is all messed up it was from mowing whenever they wanted to!
wh55 likes this.


John Deere LX172 bagger
John Deere 180
1997 John Deere 345
1967 Sears Suburban SS10
1971 Bolens 1256
1972 Ford LGT145 plow tractor
1972 Sears Custom 8M Tow tractor
Craftsman 9HP snow blower
Honda HRB215SDA mower
Change is the normal with my tractor list!
John 3:16 Psalm 28:7 1 Corinthians 15:57
"Complain and remain, praise and be raised! "

Ericjr16 is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 10:04 PM
Administrator
 
motorhead12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Ossining, NY
Posts: 7,685
Thanks: 218
Thanked 1,238 Times in 1,142 Posts
Yep, stay far away from wet grass if you can. It's a rust and muck demon!
wh55 likes this.

motorhead12 is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 10:35 PM
Senior Member
 
Snapperfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 234
Thanks: 4
Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
I agree with all of the previous posts and I'll add my 0.02. I'm just a homeowner too but at times I have to mow when the grass is damp. I don't prefer it and I use my Honda because the snappers are prone to the chute plugging when mowing damp grass but in the spring sometimes it's unavoidable. I always clean off the mower when I'm finished. Top, bottom, anywhere grass got stuck to. So if you have to mow wet or damp grass be sure to clean everything off real good when done.
wh55 and Ericjr16 like this.

Sent from Altair 4

Snapper 21500PC (2), 21400PC* (GXV-120), 21500PCR, 214X1PR, 214X1PR-2, 21401P (3), 21405P, 21402P, 21350P
Honda HR194SX
Echo SRM2100, SRM2400, GT200R, PB231LN, HC1500, SHC212
Power Trim 150
Snapperfreak is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 02:13 AM
Administrator
 
Mark / Ohio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Ohio USA
Posts: 6,170
Thanks: 377
Thanked 724 Times in 634 Posts
Garage
I tend to mow late morning or late evening just before the dew starts when there is still little dampness to keep the dust down. Also mulch 99% of the time and wear a dust mask part of the time. You guessed it. Allergies. :dunno:
wh55 and Ericjr16 like this.

Mark - 2002 John Deere LT150H

Mark / Ohio is online now  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Timonium, Maryland
Posts: 30
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wet Grass

A lot of good replies. I too, stay away from wet grass. Okay, now to slightly expand upon the topic, has anyone had an issue with disease on their lawn because of cutting the wet grass?

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.
wh55 likes this.
Rich M. is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 02:03 PM
Administrator
 
motorhead12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Ossining, NY
Posts: 7,685
Thanks: 218
Thanked 1,238 Times in 1,142 Posts
It seems like wet grass gets chewed up worse both by the cutting action and by the imprints left by wheels and feet; I'd imagine that this weakens the grass and makes it more susceptible to disease.

motorhead12 is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2016, 05:14 PM
Senior Member
 
knu2xs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,547
Thanks: 44
Thanked 58 Times in 58 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich M. View Post
Okay, now to slightly expand upon the topic, has anyone had an issue with disease on their lawn because of cutting the wet grass?

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 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.......
Austen and Ericjr16 like this.

There can be a fine line between a rut & a groove....
knu2xs is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to knu2xs For This Useful Post:
Austen (04-20-2016)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Lawn Mower Forums : Lawnmower Reviews, Repair, Pricing and Discussion Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome