When Should You Not Cut Grass? (Solved!)

Everyone wants to have the best lawn on the block, but there are several reasons when you should not cut grass. As a house owner or gardener, knowing proper lawn care techniques like the appropriate times to mow your lawn is critical.

During certain times of the year, you will not need to cut your lawn. After your lawn reaches high temperatures in the summer, you can tuck away the mower. Without moisture to help your lawn grow, mowing can be dangerous for your lawn. Furthermore, too much moisture can cause your grass to clump together and be dangerous to your mower blades.

Avoid cutting your lawn lower than three inches. Three inches is the ideal height for a lawn. Mowing anything below this can uproot grass and damage your lawn. 

When Should You Not Mow the Lawn?

There are several instances when you should not mow your lawn. One of the most prominent reasons you should not mow the lawn is that the grass after it has been recently watered. Wet grass is problematic because it can clump together and cut unevenly. 

Uneven mowing can damage lawnmowers. Continuing to mow in improper ways will require mower blade replacement. Avoiding elemental exposure prevents mower problems.

Pay attention to the changing seasons. As the seasons continue to change, your lawn may become less productive. Mowing your lawn when it is too dry or wet can harm your yard in the long run.

When The Seasons Change

Attempting to mow your lawn while the seasons are changing can be limiting. Many kinds of grass are seasonal, like the warm St. Augustine. which thrives during summer. 

During winter, low temperatures can eliminate all the moisture from the air. Grasses like St. Augustine can become dry during winter and become uncuttable.

Seasonal changes can make major impacts on the mowing requirements of your grass. If your grass is out of season, it will not require as much grass. Cutting your lawn during the wrong season can severely damage your lawn. 

While Grass is Wet

Mowing your lawn while the grass is wet can be highly damaging to both your lawn and lawnmower. Cutting the grass while wet can cause damage to multiple parts of your lawnmower, including the blades, spindles, and more.

You can sharpen the blades of damaged lawnmowers. However, it would be best if you did not jeopardize the health of your lawn because you want to mow your grass with the early morning dew. Let your grass dry before mowing it if you do not want to damage your lawn mower and lawn.

On top of the damage that wet grass can do to your lawnmower, wet grass can cause a major mess. Wet grass sticks to the items surrounding your lawn and can be difficult to get off. Schill Landscaping recommends bagging grass clippings to use for a nutrient-rich mulch. Using grass clippings as mulch is a cheap, eco-friendly idea. 

Within 24 Hours After Fertilizing

Let the fertilizer set before continuing your mowing routine. Mowing before the fertilizer has set will disrupt root growth. 

Wait at least 24 hours before mowing over a fertilized lawn. This way, you do not cut away the fertilizer before it sets. Cutting fertilizer too early will cause the fertilizer to remove itself from the grass and attach itself to the mower blades

For the best results, wait at least 24 hours before mowing. Never wait longer than a week after fertilizing before mowing your grass. Letting the grass in your backyard overgrow can lead to overdried soil.

You Have Mower Problems

When you cut your lawn while having mower issues, you can ruin your lawn. Several problems happen when you have mower issues, like ripping chunks from your lawn and cutting uneven lines.

One of the most common signs of mower problems is dull blades. Dull blades cause lines in your lawn after mowing. Lines in your lawn are more than an unappealing look. It is an indicator that your blades are too blunt to cut grass.

Think you can just skip the sharpening? Mowing with dull blades can take more time than mowing with sharp blades. That means that you will spend more time sweating in the sun with blunt blades than you would with sharpened blades! It is best to sharpen your blades at least once per season to keep them at optimal grass slicing sharpness. 

Other mower issues include:

  • The wrong mower blade size
  • Fuel issues
  • Spindle problems
  • Bent blades
  • Installation problems
  • Damaged deck shell
  • Mowing technique

Keep in mind that some mowing issues can also be a user error. Consider your mowing technique before dismantling your lawnmower.

What Temperature Should You Not Cut Grass?

When it gets too hot or drops too low, feel free to put up the lawnmower -there’s no reason to mow. When the weather has been high, it is likely to dry the moisture from your grass.

Mowing when the weather is hot is problematic for numerous reasons. The sun will be strenuous on you as you mow, and the temperature is brutal to your grass. By chopping down grass that is already on the verge of dying, you risk uprooting and destroying your lawn. Furthermore, lawnmowers run the risk of overheating if you use them too long in hot weather. 

You can put the mower away when winter comes around. Temperature below fifty degrees Fahrenheit typically prevents grass from growing. 

What is the Best Length for Grass?

The best length for your lawn is 3 inches. However, different types of grass thrive when cut at different heights. Some grass grows shorter than three inches, and others grow taller. For instance, Bermuda does best between half an inch and 2.5 inches. 

Unless specified otherwise, you should not cut grass any lower than 3 inches. Cutting grass below anything less than 3 inches can permanently destroy your lawn. Grass can be uprooted by lawnmowers and ruin your lawn.

While some grass height is specified otherwise, three inches is the general rule for grass height maintenance.