How to Cut a Lawn After Rain


On a warm spring or summer day you can practically see your grass growing during a good rain. When the rain stops, many homeowners want to get out and cut it to prevent it from getting too high. You should resist the urge to cut the grass right away and wait for it to dry. However, if you cannot or you do not have time, you can cut the grass when it's wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawnmower
  • Scraper
  • Rake
  • Set the lawnmower blade on its highest position. If you have a riding lawnmower, place the deck height on its highest setting. If you have a push mower, raise the wheel height with the wheel adjusters. This will minimize the amount of grass you cut, but will give the grass an even look.

  • Configure your mower to utilize the clipping exhaust port and make sure it is free of obstructions. As an alternative, attach the grass clipping collector bag. However, using the side exhaust port is the preferred method. Do not use a mulch setting that places the grass back onto the ground under the mower deck; this will cause the grass to clump up and clog under your mower.

  • Cut the first row of grass as you normally would. However, walk slowly enough to keep the mower engine from bogging down in the wet grass. You'll know if the engine is bogging because it will slow down. If the mower gets bogged down enough, it will stall. When the engine bogs, the mower blade slows down. This reduces the ability of the mower to cut.

  • Overlap each subsequent row by 50 percent. This will help to cut grass pushed over by the mower blade. Again, make sure you walk slowly enough to prevent the engine from bogging down.

  • Stop approximately halfway through, turn off the mower and check the underside of the mower deck for grass buildup. If you see any, scrape it off with a scraper. Repeat this step once you complete mowing the yard. Wet grass will rot and cause the mower deck to rust.

  • Remove the cut grass from the yard with a rake. Thick layers of wet grass may not dry and will eventually rot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always make sure your mower blades remain sharp; this is especially important when you're cutting wet grass since wet grass tends to lean over instead of standing straight where the lawnmower can cut it. Dull blades will increase the amount of grass leaning over.

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