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Old 06-04-2010, 07:37 AM   post #1 of 11
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I've always heard that you shouldn't mow during the hottest part of the day. Is there anything to that?
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:02 AM   post #2 of 11
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Default Re: mowing in the heat of the day...

It is 68 right now with a 57% cloud cover and heavy fog and humidity (90%)..

At 1 PM it will be 92 with 49% cloud cover and 37% humidity.

Grass is wet, I have to cut in the heat of the day!!
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It is 68 right now with a 57% cloud cover and heavy fog and humidity (90%)..

At 1 PM it will be 92 with 49% cloud cover and 37% humidity.

Grass is wet, I have to cut in the heat of the day!!
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Ken....Simple, cut at 10 am......
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Ken....Simple, cut at 10 am......
Wet grass....
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Default Re: mowing in the heat of the day...

that's the thing around here. The grass stays wet till around 11. (that's when the sun gets above the trees) so now I'm getting into the heat and the sun is in full force until about 8pm, and by the time I get going good then the dew is starting....

I was just wondering if mowing in the heat will kill the grass out any quicker during the summer.
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Default Re: mowing in the heat of the day...

i guess if you were cutting it short enough the grass would get "burnt". i dont mow durring the hottest time of day just for my own comfort.
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Default Re: mowing in the heat of the day...

I have always tried not to mow, but here for the next few weeks the way my schedule is I'm going to be forced to. I've always left my yard on the highest setting, the other yards I mow they like it a little lower.

I don't particularly like to sit under 85 deg F+ with 80% humidity either.
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Default Re: mowing in the heat of the day...

Hey, I don't want to sound like a nervous nellie, but I hope you guys wear sunblock when mowing . Or some sort of sun protection. Be careful out there !
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Default Re: mowing in the heat of the day...

Yes there is something to that. First, mowing your lawn is stressful enough on the grass blades. When it is hot (and dry) that is added stress. Secondly, the weight of your mower on the lawn will add even more stress to that. I killed one area of the grass once cutting it in really hot dry conditions. I could see it dying where the tires traveled and from that point on, I could always see the marks.

I would rather cut my grass a little damp from the morning dew than in the heat of the day. I usually wait until an hour before sunset to cut. My mower runs much better and cooler and I don't have the heat of the sun beating down on me.

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Hey, I don't want to sound like a nervous nellie, but I hope you guys wear sunblock when mowing . Or some sort of sun protection. Be careful out there !
I learned that lesson the hard way... almost exactly 5 years ago I was being "macho" trying to get a good tan push mowing 2 acres.... I ended up passing out due to exhaustion and had a real bad case of sun poisoning. I was in the hospital 2 days and the docs said it was a wonder I didn't have a heat stroke. I've been careful ever since.
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if i don't cut in the heat of the day it don't get cut. early morning the grass is soaked and will clog the deck quickly(especially until the clover all dies off), late afternoon is still HOT unless i want to cut for the las thour before dark for several days. if i do that then by the time i get thru i have to start over again! come July/August, there is less dew so i get to cut earlier, pluss it helps to avoid long exposure to the 100+ temps. but 8 months out the year i cut mid day to late afternoon.
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