Some gardening tasks demand a machine made of tougher stuff. Mowing wet grass is one of these tasks. Water creates a number of hazards and potential complications that only a certain calibre of lawn mower can handle.
In this blog, Lawnmowers Direct signposts the best lawn mowers available for the tricky job of mowing grass when it is wet or damp, alongside some tips for safety and optimum performance. Continue reading to find out more.
Generally, you should steer clear of mowing grass soon after it has rained. This shouldn’t be a problem for domestic users, who may simply need to put up with a more unruly garden for a few days. Landscapers, on the other hand, may find this harder to avoid.
The UK is—if you haven’t noticed—a pretty rainy country. If you only have access to your clients’ properties at certain times and on certain days, you may need to bite the bullet and mow while the grass is wet.
Be sure to exercise caution and use common sense when deciding if it’s too damp for safe mowing, however. If it is still raining—particularly if the rain is falling hard and fast—deciding to go ahead could cause more damage than good, leaving you with a mess to clear up once the weather improves.
Before you get going, here are a few things to bear in mind:
AVOID ELECTRIC MOWERS: Water and electricity aren’t exactly the best of friends. Using an electric mower on damp grass is not only inefficient, it could be extremely dangerous and cause irreparable damage to your machine. Stick to a petrol rotary mower with nice sharp blades.
CLEAR STANDING WATER: If you’re in a hurry to get mowing because of a tight schedule but the water has yet to soak into the soil, you will need to take extra steps to ensure the grass is safe to mow. Use a hose pipe to siphon off excess water before you get started.
ADJUST HEIGHT: Wet grass is tougher and more prone to clumping than dry grass. You want to give your cutting blades the least possible work to do and cut in stages, starting with the highest possible cutting height.
GRASS COLLECTION: Because of the additional weight of wet or damp grass, you’ll need to remember to empty the grass collection box more frequently than usual. This will depend on the size of the grass chute and collection box on your chosen model.
With all this in mind, let’s have a look at the top performers under wet conditions:
Etesia lawn mowers have developed a reputation for being some of the highest performers in wet weather conditions, capable of collecting and mulching large amounts of damp grass with little-to-no effort.
They cope exceptionally well with wet weather conditions, featuring a robust grass collection mechanism and easily adjustable cutting height.
The Honda HRH professional range is extra-robust and able to cope with even the most challenging conditions. It benefits from Honda’s trademark cutting edge technology and super-powerful GVX160 OHC four-stroke engine.
Atco’s premium rotary mowers are notable for their unique Twinclip blade, which features four cutting surfaces instead of two. Combined with the large capacity collection bag, this makes the Liner ideal for cutting wet grass.