What is the Best time to Mow a Lawn?
Now that winter is receding and it's finally starting to feel like spring out there, it's time to start thinking about mowing again. Chances are, the colder months have left your lawn looking a little worse for wear. That means lawn care is more important than ever, and one the best things you can do for your grass is to cut it at the right time.
Best (And Worst) Time to Mow
Let's start with the worst times to mow. Avoid mowing at the crack of dawn when dew is on the grass. Mowing wet grass leads to a lot of issues. It clogs your mower and damages the turf. If possible, also stay away from mowing in midday when the sun is at its peak. Mowing in the hot sun puts a lot of stress on the grass, and it's not great for you or your lawn mower either.
Even after eliminating the hours of 6 to 8 am and noon to 2 pm, we still have quite a few prime mowing hours. Let's see if we can narrow it down even further:
Best time to mow the lawn:The ideal time to mow is mid to late morning, roughly 8 to 10 am. By mowing in this window, you get to take advantage of perfect conditions after the dew has had a chance to burn off, but before the sun starts blazing down.
Second-best time to mow the lawn:If you can't manage to get out on the mower in the morning, late afternoon to early evening is a good second option. Try to get your mowing in between 4 and 6 pm. That's late enough that the sun isn't too harsh, but early enough that the grass has time to recover before nightfall.
There are exceptions to every rule, and that's certainly the case when it comes to mowing. The hours outlined above are generally ideal, but the best time to mow your lawn often depends on some extra factors, so it's a good idea to be flexible.
Season:Time of year plays a big role when you mow. In spring, for example, it might take longer for your lawn to dry out, and mowing closer to noon probably won't harm your grass. But in the dog days of summer, you'll want to take special care to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Seasons are also significant because you'll need to mow more often at certain times of the year. In late spring and early summer, for example, grass grows very quickly and may need to be mowed more often than in fall.
Climate:Much like the changing seasons, climate conditions have a major impact on when and how you should mow your lawn. This is partly because seasonal changes are different in different regions – the lawn care calendar in some parts of the country might be weeks or even months behind other areas – but also because grass varieties differ depending on location.
Grass varieties:Different types of grass have different mowing requirements, especially during the cooler months. Warm season grasses (Bermudagrass, zoysia, St. Augustine grass) usually do not require mowing in winter if they have gone dormant, but in warmer climates, cool-season grasses (ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, fescue) typically slow their growth, but can still use occasional mowing.
If you're looking for more information on how to care for your lawn – and where to find the tools to do so – we're here to help. Contact us today to find a Hustler dealer near you, and let's start the season off with healthy, green turf.