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jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 6th May '09 1:18 PM

HOW SOON AFTER IT RAINS CAN YOU MOW?

Help. I thought I had 5 more days and at least partly sunny was forecast for today. It rained more last night and I'm out of time.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 6th May '09 1:20 PM

Depends on how much you enjoy flipping your mower upside down and unclumping pounds of wet grass. Which isn't much fun when you have a rider.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21604)
Wed, 6th May '09 1:22 PM

Just read the directions on the mower put there for clueless people and don't try to clean out the grass while the blades are moving-makes sense to me

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5887)
Wed, 6th May '09 1:26 PM

What Lodi said. You can mow anytime.....I have actually finished mowing WHILE it was raining. If you don't "catch" it....just go for it. It is supposed to rain again this weekend. Quit procrastinating.......lol.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 6th May '09 1:47 PM

So, Marsha, what you're saying is I'm out of excuses?

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 6th May '09 2:08 PM

It's really GOOD for grass to have a little breather from being hacked down. We chop it down way too short which limits its ability to feed itself re photosynthesis. It's good for the root system, too, when the blades are longer for a bit. It's in addition NOT good for your soil to tromp around on it during/after rain because you compact the soil some feet down every step you take--which causes a loss of air in the soil underneath you, which causes root cramp, poor drainage, and a number of other ugly surface problems.

All to say, fagettabout it! Stay in. Relax. Look outside and be pleased you are making your grass healthier and happier by giving it a little break.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.5 - Posts: 3742)
Wed, 6th May '09 2:16 PM

If you let it go long enough, you can just bale it for hay. I've switched over to building retaining walls. After last year's drought, I can live with rain. We depend on cisterns for our water supply since the strip mining has destroyed the water table.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 6th May '09 2:20 PM

Lol. You can make a pretty good living growing hay. And save all that gas.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 6th May '09 2:47 PM

This time of year in Idaho we are more concerned with how long do you have to wait to mow after it snows.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 6th May '09 2:51 PM

That sounds wonderful. However, I don't have that choice. I live with a golf course behind the backyard, and there are rules about how tall our grass can get without hearing about it.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.9 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 6th May '09 3:04 PM

I think that's about a foot or more. Your lawn is a foot or more high? It has to do with disease, insects and rodents finding places to live. You have rodent-high grass?

Anyway, sent the info. Bad for grass to mow in or after rain. Now it sounds like you are saying you have to mow in the rain, so it was never a choice. In which case, wear a rain hat.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.8 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 6th May '09 3:25 PM

Are there rules against goats?

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.0 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 4:12 PM

I mow electric now. 220V

Answer: when it's dry.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 6th May '09 4:44 PM

Well surely most of your neighbors are having the same problem. Why don't you pay someone to do it, just this once, if you don't have time?

jeannette
Jeannette  (Level: 111.1 - Posts: 1736)
Wed, 6th May '09 4:59 PM

you can mow after rain but as lodi said you gotta keep declumping ,i have to do that when its dry and even then my mower clumps up sighhhh (hate the job but love the smell of new mown grass)

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.1 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 6th May '09 6:38 PM

Depends on your mower and your grass. Only trial and error will let you know.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.0 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 6:41 PM

Jeannette, you can get the aroma of new mown glass from a nice glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 105.0 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 6th May '09 6:41 PM

Jeannette, you can get the aroma of new mown gRass from a nice glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 6th May '09 7:16 PM

I abhor trial and error. The error usually costs me at least $200.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 6th May '09 8:15 PM

Well, here in Monsoon Country, formerly known as southwestern Pennsylvania, it stopped raining this am, so I mowed the front forty.... the grass cut fine but the freaking dandelions, seemed to enjoy slipping away from the blades -- After a really enjoyable slide down a small bank, and my heart rate dropped back down, below 200 beats per minute, I decided to let it dry out another day --- of course it's pouring down now -- I am going to have to bale the back forty.... if I am not to busy building an Ark....


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