Bob Vila Radio: The One Mowing Mistake You Might Be Making

You might want to reconsider grabbing the mower if the yard is damp from rain or a watering. Read below to find out the harm this can do and for the safest practices when cutting the grass.

By Bob Vila | Updated Jul 10, 2018 1:19 PM

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In general, cutting wet grass isn’t a good idea. Here’s why:

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If you’re using an electric lawn mower, especially a corded model, you’re putting yourself in danger of serious shock. And regardless of what type of mower you’re using, wet grass can cause you to lose your footing and tumble—alongside a machine with a sharp, rotating blade.

Damp grass isn’t just a hazard for you—it can damage your mower, too. Clumped clippings can block the air intake or inhibit the rotation of the blade. Either can cause the motor to overheat and sustain damage. Wet cuttings will stick to the underside of the mower, adding moisture that can lead to mold and rust.

If you feel you must mow under wet conditions, make sure there’s no standing water. If there’s none, use a gas-powered machine with a sharp blade and set it to side-discharge. You’ll have to pick up clippings later, but won’t have to deal with a heavy, wet mowing bag.

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