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The rain keeps pouring seemingly without end and your lawn is now soaked. For the first time in days, however, the sun makes its way through the crowd of clouds. This is your opportunity – you’re about to mow the tall neglected grass in your yard… But should you?
Can You Adequately Strim Wet Turf and Should You at All?
When the grass is wet, it will become heavy and sticky. The blades (or lines) of your tool of choice should either be freshly sharpened or brand new. Otherwise, they will have troubles with cutting an even lawn level. Still, there are a few situations when you can (and should) strim wet grass:
Only do it if the rainy weather doesn’t allow your lawn to completely dry out. When strimming, frequently check if the tool is clogged. There’s a chance that your strimmer will chew up, knock over or even miss the taller wet grass blades altogether. When the ground dries out afterwards, the bent over sod will straighten up and you may end up with an uneven lawn cut. To avoid this trim repeatedly.
Consider this: You will lose the benefit of evenly spread fresh grass mulch. Wet clippings will stick together forming clumps. These clumps, if not raked, may damage some of the grass patches by suffocating them and depriving them of sunlight.
Note: Strimming wet grass will paint everything in the vicinity in green. Be cautious when doing this around white walls or outdoor furniture!
How to Mow the Soggy Turf When it Rains Too Often and Waiting Is Not an Option?
As far as the UK weather is concerned, you will probably be forced to get your hands dirty. There could be almost no windows of opportunity here since it’s likely that you’ll luck out on a prolonged rainy period. In this case, letting your lawn to become overgrown is the worse scenario from the two. Therefore, here’s how to go about cutting wet grass efficiently:
- Stick to petrol-based tools when the turf is soggy as it is NOT safe to use electrical equipment, such as a lawnmower with an extension cord. A cable’s insulation can still be compromised.
- Strim the grass at a high cut setting before the actual mowing. Rake any formed clumps to allow the air and sun to do their job and dry your lawn out.
- Sharpen your equipment’s blades often as wet grass can be evasive.
- Spray the underside of your mower with lubricant. This will help you avoid clogging.
- Set your mower at the highest cutting setting possible. You can cut down your lawn to your desired height once the grass has dried out.
- Mow at least twice on the same day. This is a great way to break clumps and avoid an uneven cut.
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