Should You Cut Wet Grass After it Rains?

We address the age-old dilemma of whether to cut wet grass or wait until it dries.

The arrival of spring ushers in a wet, rainy season, and with the usual lawn care questions for new homeowners. Is it safe to cut wet grass? And are there any advantages to mowing while it’s wet? Lawn enthusiasts have long said it’s best to avoid cutting wet grass, but what are the real reasons why?

Can You Cut Wet Grass?

The short answer: No. Mowing wet grass can be problematic for your lawn, your lawn mower and you.

If you do mow wet grass, you risk leaving clumps of clippings that could smother the grass beneath. Wet grass can clog the mower, causing it to overheat, and stick to the mower’s underside, which is difficult to clean. The wheels could also create ruts in the yard.

Pros and Cons of Cutting Wet Grass

There aren’t any “pros” to mowing wet grass. Besides damaging your lawn and mower, there’s the added risk of injury. No matter how much traction you think your shoes have, you can easily slip on wet grass. And if you use an electric lawn mower that plugs in, remember electricity and water do not mix.

Can You Mow Grass in the Rain?

You shouldn’t, for the aforementioned reasons. Do you need to stop the second you feel a raindrop? Well, that depends on how hard it is raining and how much lawn you have left to cut. But generally, use mower safety common sense.

After It Rains, When Can You Cut The Grass?

This depends on how hard it rained and how absorbent your soil is. Do not mow if your lawn feels too slick. If you can walk through the yard and your shoes stay dry, that’s a good indicator it is safe to mow. If you have any doubts, err on the side of caution. Keeping your lawn mower blades sharp will also make cutting a breeze.

Alex Shoemaker
Alex Shoemaker is the Digital Newsletter Editor of Family Handyman.