Why mowing your lawn in the morning can be “dangerous”
Mowing your lawn in the morning may seem like a great way to take a daily chore off the list, but experts say it poses a dangerous risk to your garden and personal health. It has little to do with the actual time on the clock, and more to do with important outside conditions at that time.
During the night, small water droplets called dew start to form on outdoor objects, including the grass that makes up your garden lawn.
This happens due to the condensation process when the temperature of a surface cools to a point lower than the air around it.
According to the Met Office: “Dew forms most easily on surfaces that do not conduct heat from the ground – grass and car roofs are some of the most commonly seen examples. It usually forms in the weather. quiet associated with high pressure systems. “
Although you may start to notice dew in the fall and early winter, dew can also form in warm, humid climates.
Dew often turns to frost during the colder winter months, as the temperature drops below freezing at night.
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Why does dew make mowing your lawn dangerous?
There are several reasons why experts are warning people not to mow their lawns on dewy mornings.
Mowing wet grass can be hazardous to your health
According to experts at home advice platform Bob Vila, mowing your lawn can actually be “dangerous”.
One of the biggest threats comes from the combination of water, morning dew, and electricity from your lawn mower.
Experts warn: “Using an electric lawn mower on wet grass, especially with an extension cord, poses a risk of electric shock.”
This is especially true if any of the wires under your lawn mower is damaged or worn out over time.
There is also a risk of slipping when mowing your lawn due to the “smoothness” of the grass.
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Wet grass can damage your lawn mower
Gardeners are urged not to mow their grass when it is wet, regardless of the time of day, as this can end up causing irreparable damage to your lawn mower.
When excessive moisture enters the machine’s fuel tank, it can cause erosion and contamination of any remaining fuel.
Wet cut grass can also stick to parts of the lawn mower or clump around the blade itself, causing the machine to work harder.
Mowing wet grass is more difficult
Cutting wet grass is no easy task, with smoother and harder-to-cut blades.
This can result in an uneven lawn which can easily be avoided by undertaking the task when the soil is completely dry.
When is the best time to mow the lawn in my garden?
Gardeners should aim to mow their lawns about once a week between spring and fall, according to the Royal Horticultural Society.
The precise time of day that is best for mowing the lawn varies, experts at Fantastic Gardeners suggest that between 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. is the optimum time – as long as the ground is dry.
By 10 a.m. all morning dew should have evaporated if the day is dry.
Late afternoon is also cited as a good time to mow your garden lawn.