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Old 06-06-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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My big housewarming party is Saturday. I left the yard work till Wednesday so it would look nice and of course after having a drought we now have a tropical storm with a constant light rain.

I've heard not to mow wet grass cause 1. it's bad for the grass and 2. it's bad for the blade.

I have too much cooking to do tomorrow. Just doing the yard exhausts me, so if the rain lets up today and it gets semi dry I wonder if I could at least mow part today?

We've had a drizzle all week. I love how all my new shrubs show amazing growth with the rain. But the grass looks like a jungle.

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Not a big deal to cut wet grass.
No clue where you came up with it's bad for the blade, it would have no effect on it.
About the worst thing that's gong to happen is the decks going to have to be hose off.

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Sometimes you have to cut the grass when it's wet. Wet grass will stick to the bottom of the deck and if it is really long it will clump up if you aren't bagging. It's not going to do any harm except create some extra clean up for you.
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yes, the head knot does it all the time. It can be damp and still
can be mowed.

Enjoy the party.
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thanks guys,

that's a big relief to hear.
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thanks guys,

that's a big relief to hear.
Get used to it,our rainy season just started,and TS Andrea is passing by in the gulf right now about a 15 minute drive for me,weather men say 4/7 inches are in store for us.
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canarywood,

I'm on a ridge, in Volusia Co. which is notorious for very little rain otherwise. It will rain all around me, but skip this area..............until this week.

If it wasn't for the housewarming party I'd put my feet up and enjoy it.

Also wondering if I can vacuum my porch while it's damp, but that only takes a few minutes so can be done later.

edit: just great. Tornado warnings. But at least east of me.
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I'm on a ridge, in Volusia Co. which is notorious for very little rain otherwise. It will rain all around me, but skip this area..............until this week.

If it wasn't for the housewarming party I'd put my feet up and enjoy it.

Also wondering if I can vacuum my porch while it's damp, but that only takes a few minutes so can be done later.

edit: just great. Tornado warnings. But at least east of me.

Have the weather channel on now and they seem to be heading your way,better check it out.
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Sounds like an old wives' tale to me similar to throwing salt over your shoulder and not walking under ladders or breaking a mirror because it's bad luck.
Ive replaced a mower blade on my current mower one time in 8 years, it's hit rocks, braches, dirt, you name it, it cost under $12 as I remember to buy a new one.
Last week I sharpened that one up, it took 5 minutes with an angle grinder, I have NO worries at all about the blade, they are cheap, and they are easy to resharpen anyway.

I mow wet, dry, doesn't matter, and I mow on the lowest setting, grass will just keep growing.
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rwolff, thanks. Last time I tried mowing longer thinking my grass would look lush. No, it just looked sloppy.

canarywood, well, I'm not afraid to say I'm wrong. The bands are still hitting here. It clears up and gets lighter for awhile, then dark and another downpour.

A perfect day to curl up with a book, if I had time.
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For wet grass, cutting early in the day works good. - If you give it time to recover and rebound before cross-cutting it later.

You can do the second cut the next day after the clipping have dried a bit if you want a clean look without scalping. - Natural drying of the turf and the clipping to eliminate/reduce bagging.

We have a problem here at certain tines (June mainly) when the grass can wake you up in the middle of the night. After that it is morning watering to prevent rot.

Having a spare sharp blade or two is a real convenience.

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I mow all the time with a heavy dew still there.

As long as we are complaining aboutthe weather, it is cold and rainy here.

I actually had the furnace on.. Its June

The farmers have already had the first cut
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Cutting wet grass does suck though.
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concretemasonry,

That's a new word, "cross cut". My new mower recycles so there's no rows of cut grass laying about, but it's so long now that I'll bag it or I'll have trouble.

Just went out and it's practically dry. Thanks to the sandy soil.

Only outside a few minutes and the mosquitoes chewed me up!

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