You had a busy week. The weekend is even busier. You have a wedding to attend, a baby shower, grocery shopping, and many other activities. But the lawn has outgrown and needs to be worked on, and the only time you got is early in the morning.
Is mowing lawn at 7 am wise? You wonder.
Unfortunately, it’s not wise. For one, most of your neighbors are sleeping at 7 am. Even those that are going to work, they are most likely preparing for the day.
Put yourself in their shoes. Would you like to be woken by the sound of a lawnmower on a day you were planning to sleep in?
Even if you have already woken up, would you love to drink your coffee while listening to a ferocious lawnmower?
If your answer is no, then you shouldn’t mow your lawn at 7 am.
Besides your neighbors hating you for running the lawnmower while trying to sleep in or take their breakfast in peace, mowing your lawn at 7 am also means that the grass is still wet and dewy. This means that the grass is likely to “rip” and get bruised.
Chances are also high that the lawnmower will produce clumps, leave the track and cause the grass to mat up, all of which expose your grass to fungus and mold.
If you are cutting the lawn using a riding mower, the wet grass can make it difficult for the lawnmower to climb the hills or slow down. Similarly, if using a push mower, the grass can get slippery, making it too hazardous if you lose your footing.
When is the best time to mow the lawn?
The best time to mow is mid-morning (8-10 am). Most of your neighbors have woken up and taken their breakfast. This means you won’t annoy anyone.
The dew or the daily watering has also dried off, so you don’t have to worry about slipping and hurting yourself. The grass is also standing tall and perfect for an even trim.
To avoid ragged edges, ensure that your lawnmower blade is sharp.
If you cannot get your lawnmower out and mow the lawn in the mid-morning, wait until the early evening (4-6 pm).
The temperatures have cooled down at this time, so heat from the sun won’t be an issue. The lawnmower blades also will take less of a toll on the grass, giving it enough time to recover before the sun sets.
Is 6 am too early to mow the lawn?
Yes, it’s too early to mow the lawn at this time due to the reasons given above. Other times you shouldn’t mow the lawn include:
Mid-day (10 am–2 pm)
The sun and the temperatures are high at this time, so your grass is bound to be most stressed. At mid day, the grass is active photosynthesizing and guarding the water supply, so cutting it will draw the moisture from the blades, which will cause heat damage and kill the grass.
Mid-day is the worst time to cut the grass, as you are most likely to kill it. You also don’t want to be out there under the harsh sun.
Mid-afternoon (2-4 pm)
Although the mid-afternoon temperatures have dropped, cutting the grass at this time increases its chances of suffering from heat damage, so you should avoid doing it.
Early evening (6-8 pm)
You also shouldn’t trim your grass in the early evening. This is because, at this time, the grass won’t heal from the cut before nightfall, which increases the chances of fungi and other diseases taking root.
Your neighbors are also settling in for the evening and don’t want to be disturbed by the sound of a lawnmower.
Mowing the lawn after six means that the darkness is most likely creeping in, making it hard for you to see obstacles that might damage your lawnmower or the mower blades.
What time can you start mowing your lawn on Sunday?
Sunday is a weekend, and most people are likely sleeping in, and the last thing they want to hear is the noise of a lawnmower engine.
As mentioned above, don’t start your lawnmower before 8 am. Since most Sundays are laid back, you are better off starting mowing at 9 am.