If keeping your lawn well-manicured is a priority for you, we get it. Your lawn is what people see when they first approach your home, and it can also make a big impression on your customers and employees as they enter your place of business. Many people opt to keep their lawn trimmed and looking pretty all year long – even in winter and spring, when it’s cold, wet, and dreary. But, this brings up the same question every year: should you mow your lawn after a storm? If you enlist in regular lawn care and trimming services, they might be on a set schedule, rain or shine. But will mowing a lawn after it rains do any harm? The answer isn’t a straight yes or no. Here are a few ways in which to prepare yourself if you’re going to mow your lawn after a storm – and a few reasons why you might want to hold off for clearer weather.
What to Do if You’re Going to Mow After a Storm
We’ve seen many landscapers and homeowners mow lawns right after (or even during) a storm. Why? Business is business, and if you need to make sure you’ve got a freshly manicured lawn for the weekend, then sometimes mowing can’t wait. If you’re going to take on the gruesome task of mowing during a storm, then make sure to do the following first.
1. Sharpen Your Blades
A lawn mower with dull blades will do absolutely zilch in the rain. All you’ll see is a lawn with a gnarly haircut, and a lawn mower with a big chunk of twisted grass tendrils caught up in the blades. It’s not pretty, and can cause a lot of harm to your lawn mower. So, sharpen the blades on your consumer-grade lawn mower – or let a professional landscaper hack your lawn up for you in a jiffy.
2. First, Mow the Perimeter
Your first step should be to mow the perimeter of your lawn. Also make sure that your vent pushes cut grass clippings onto the lawn itself, not onto the sidewalk or driveway. News flash: it’s extremely difficult and annoying to clean up wet grass clippings from pavement. So do yourself a favor and aim to get the clippings on the lawn itself.
3. Clean the Blades Frequently
Even with sharpened blades, plan to clean the freshly cut grass trimmings from them frequently. All you have to do is reach down (wear gloves!) underneath the lawnmower while it’s shut off and clear off the mulched up grass. Wipe, rinse, repeat, and you’re good to go.
4. Plan Your Route
Going back to #3, you definitely need to plan your route and make sure you aren’t letting trimmings fall where you don’t want them to. You might have to reposition the blower occasionally – which can be either really easy or a pain in the butt, depending on your lawnmower.
5. Use a Rake
When it comes time to dispose of the grass clippings leftover on your lawn, use a handy dandy rake. This makes for a quicker cleanup, and allows you to put them in your green bin or backyard compost. Or, if there aren’t a ton of clippings, you can just leave them on the lawn to act as a natural fertilizer.
Reasons Why You Might Reconsider…
Okay, if we made the task of mowing your lawn after a storm sound too difficult, then you might have just skipped right to this section. That’s okay, we don’t blame you. Here are a few reasons to confirm your suspicion that mowing your lawn in the storm might be too much of a pain.
1. Tire Marks
If the lawn (and soil underneath) are too wet when you mow, it will definitely leave tire tracks. Your lawn mower might get stuck and sink into the soil, and the resulting tire tracks will be unsightly, to say the least.
2. Uneven Grass
If you mow your lawn without having properly sharpened blades, you’re going to end up with a choppy, uneven haircut for your grass. This doesn’t look professional, and to be honest, you’re better off just waiting until the rain dies down to mow your lawn.
3. Difficult to Mow
A wet lawn ain’t easy to mow. That’s an understatement. If you want your lawn mowing chore to be pain-free and quick, then just don’t mow your lawn during a storm – or anytime soon after.
4. Messy Clippings
We alluded to it above, but if you manage to get grass clippings on your walkway or pavement, then you’re in for trouble. It’s difficult to clean up wet grass trimmings unless you’re lucky enough to manage to get them all onto your lawn itself.
5. You Need the Right Equipment
In the end, mowing your lawn during rain or a storm is much easier if you have the right equipment. It’s much easier to mow a wet lawn if you’re using a professional-grade mower.
In the end, we’d recommend holding off on mowing your lawn during a storm. The beauty isn’t really worth the pain, and what difference will a few days make? Wait for better weather and avoid causing permanent damage to your grass. Trust us on this one.