Why you shouldn’t cut wet grass

It can be a common occurrence to see a neighbour cutting the lawn after a downpour, or sometimes even during – but is it good to cut wet grass? Find out with advice from Essex turf and topsoil supplier, Paynes Turf.

Dry grass = a good cut

When the weather is dry and sunny, grass blades stand upright in their search for a little sunshine. However, when the weather is wet, the rain batters the grass blades and bends them over, which makes mowing very difficult. This is one of the biggest problems when mowing wet grass, because as you mow, the grass blades get pushed further over, making cutting almost impossible. This results in a very uneven, haphazard cut, and what’s more, the lawn may end up looking like it has been hacked with an axe!

Keep mower blades clear

Wet grass tends to stick to the mower blades, rather than the blades passing through and cutting the grass – this will result in the mower doing a pretty poor job at cutting the grass. In addition, the wet grass sticks to the underneath of the mower and clumps together, forming large, compacted blocks of grass, which could prevent the mower blades from spinning freely. Some of the cuttings that have formed clumps could land on the lawn instead of inside the mower cutting box, which may block out light to the turf below and leave your lawn with dead patches of grass.

Keep off the wet grass!

Finally, very heavy mowers in particular could leave a trail of muddy wheel marks wherever you have walked on the lawn – it’s unavoidable. So always try to resist the urge to mow the lawn when the lawn is wet, and wait until a drier day arrives for the very best results!