Rainy season is in full swing!!
Rainy season is in full swing!! This time of year is always tricky for us in the lawn care business for the simple reason: Everything is soaked! If you mow your own grass do you know how long after a rain to wait to mow? Before mowing a lawn after a rain, inspect the grass closely to see if any blades are bent over. Once they are upright it’s probably safe to mow. Wet grass tends to cut less cleanly, resulting in larger clippings. These wet clippings like to clump together and block up the mower’s deck and be left all over the surface of the lawn.
As a lawn care provider this is just one of the issues the rain causes us headaches this time of year and we’d like to share the common issues that arise. First is wet clippings being left in clumps. We do use mulching blades which under dry circumstances does not leave large clumps of clippings on the surface of the turf. But when the grass is wet that’s impossible to avoid. The alternative is not to mow until we are sure the grass is dry and sometimes there’s no telling when that might be! Here in Florida, your house may be dry but your neighbor’s house two doors down is getting a downpour!
Second, to keep the turf healthy it’s recommended that you do not cut more than 1/3 of the total height of the grass. During the rainy season this is also a reason we cut the turf higher than we will in the winter months. If the grass is wet and we mow it, it’s not a clean mow and if our decks are too low we could damage the turf since wet grass blades are likely bent over and to cut it “evenly” we would have to lower the decks to a dangerously low height. We do get phone calls from clients saying that the grass was cut very high and the reason for that is simple – we want to make sure your lawn stays healthy but not mowing it too short.
Third is leaving marks on the grass. Sometimes the weight of the mowers leave black muddy tracks when we try to cut grass that is too wet. We try to avoid this at all costs but many times clients become upset because we haven’t mowed their grass. Sometimes clients are concerned they’ll get a letter from their HOA but if the ground is too saturated to mow we recommend not mowing it until the ground dries out some. Most HOA’s will understand that should the question arise. If we start to mow and find we’re leaving ruts in the ground we will ‘abandon ship’ so not to damage your property unless we’ve previously received other instructions from the homeowner.