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When to Cut Grass After Winter

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After the cold of winter, grass is sensitive to being cut short, and can suffer irreparable damage as a result of being cut too short. To minimize damage to the turf and ensure maximum health for its recovery it’s wiser to set the mower higher than usual when cutting grass.

Avoid cutting the lawn when conditions are damp or when rain is anticipated.


Grass is one of the first things to emerge each spring, yet it is important not to rush getting your lawnmower back out too early and risk damaging any new growth.

As temperatures warm up consistently, it is wise to put your mower into hibernation until temperatures remain above 40 degrees Fahrenheit – this will give the new grass time to establish itself without frost damage or cold temperatures that might damage its growth and turn its color brown.

At times when soil is wet or soft, it is vitally important to avoid cutting your grass at that moment. Instead, it would be prudent to wait several days or even several weeks, rather than risk destroying turf from using heavy mowers on slippery ground. According to The Liverpool Echo, one way of testing whether it’s safe to mow is walking across your lawn: If footprints disappear quickly after walking across, then mowing should begin immediately.


As April approaches, temperatures begin to warm and you may wish to dust off your mower for use. It’s important to keep in mind that premature mowing could potentially do lasting harm to your lawn and should only be performed as necessary.

As April progresses, it is vital to monitor temperatures regularly and ensure all frost has completely melted away. Furthermore, it is necessary to clear away any debris such as leaves, twigs and dog waste left from winter which could potentially hinder grass growth in your garden.

Another good way to gauge whether or not your lawn is ready for its first cut of the year is by looking out for signs of life, like magnolia trees which often start blooming around March in many regions. If you spot one, it would be advisable to get your mower out as soon as possible and help avoid fungal issues while encouraging healthy growth – giving your garden that “just mowed” look.


As temperatures warm up, many will begin unloading their lawnmowers from storage and starting their grass cutting routine again. There are some important rules you must abide by to help your lawn flourish and flourish.

First and foremost, it’s best to avoid mowing the grass during winter as soil and blades tend to be damp and heavy with moisture. You should also never mow when conditions are wet or frozen as this could compact soil layers, restricting access to essential water and nutrients that go directly into nourishing the roots of grass plants.

As spring progresses, cutting your grass regularly to promote its healthy growth is highly recommended. Fertilization will also give it essential nutrients it needs to thrive and ward off weeds effectively; but do remember that grass doesn’t appreciate being cut too short after enduring winter conditions – cutting too close could end up having unfavorable results!


As soon as summer hits, it is time to resume your grass mowing routine. But the optimal time depends on the weather – if temperatures haven’t warmed enough yet, your first mow of the season may need to wait until mid-June before starting up again.

As with spring, it’s essential not to cut your grass too short in summer, as doing so can stress it and make it more susceptible to drought and disease. After spending time hibernating all winter long, grass doesn’t appreciate being cut down to such short lengths again so let it recover its full height before cutting again.

At the peak of each day, when the sun is strongest, mowing should be avoided to lessen strain on your lawn and minimize risk for disease and damage such as fungus growth. Mowing early in the morning or late in the afternoon is more suitable as sun intensity will be less intense at these times.


As soon as summer hits, your lawn will start growing quickly and will need to be cut at least once every week – but knowing when and how often to start can be daunting task!

Know when and how to cut your grass so as not to damage its healthy roots below, as doing otherwise could leave your lawn vulnerable to weeds and pests.

Mowing in the heat of midday should also be avoided to protect the grass and prevent disease, according to The Woodland Trust. Instead, the best time for mowing should be morning or evening when dew has settled and sun has gone down, according to them.

Last but not least, keep in mind that your type of grass can also influence how frequently it needs cutting. Cool season varieties, like ryegrass and perennial ryegrass, tend to grow most rapidly during spring and autumn rainstorms when conditions are optimal for their rapid development.


After August, lawn growth tends to slow significantly but regular mowing remains important. To maximize benefits, cut only when temperatures have consistently been above 5 degrees Celsius for best results – this way the grass can soak in all those warm rays without becoming stressed and damaged from overexposure to sunlight.

Before beginning to mow, always ensure the ground is completely dry. Mowing on wet grass can lead to fungal diseases as well as creating an undesirable appearance; furthermore, muddy conditions may damage your mower and potentially increase work in the future.

If you need help determining when or how often to cut your grass, speaking to an experienced lawn care company may be beneficial. A reputable provider will know when and how often is best for your garden’s maintenance as well as providing tips to maintain a healthy-looking turf.


Garden pride can be taken in knowing your garden is properly manicured, yet knowing when is best to pick up the mower can be challenging. Mowing at an inappropriate time could damage your turf if it has yet to thaw from winter or remains damp.

Fall is the ideal season to mow in areas with cool-season grasses. Cooler air temperatures and autumn rain provide your lawn with the boost it needs to survive the harsher elements of winter.

However, you should still make sure to only mow when conditions are dry; running a mower over wet or muddy lawns damages roots and can kill new growth of grass.


Once temperatures warm up after October, grass starts growing at an even pace and should require just two or three maintenance visits per week to remain tidy and well-kept.

At this point, it’s important to keep in mind that your lawn may still be quite delicate and as such should not be cut when too wet – this will prevent leaving behind muddy marks in your lawn as well as possible damages to its roots.

As a general guideline, it’s best to avoid mowing your lawn during any spell of rain, snow or frost as these conditions are unsuitable for mowing and could lead to the development of mold or fungus. Furthermore, if you do cut during frost conditions it is advisable to remove grass cuttings afterward so they can soak in sun’s warming rays and help the grass recover from cold conditions more quickly.


As Winter quickly winds down and Spring approaches, many homeowners begin contemplating turning on their lawn mowers too early. Before making such a commitment, however, it’s wise to carefully weigh up both its advantages and drawbacks before acting immediately.

Early months are typically when grass growth is at its most vigorous, so its cutting back too short too early can damage it and expose it to issues including fungal infection.

Soil conditions also matter greatly. Healthy soil consists of millions of tiny particles composed of rock, minerals and organic matter with open spaces between each particle that allow water, air and nutrients to pass freely through and help plants flourish. When compacted soil prevents this flow of energy and stops grass from flourishing properly – in which case, loosen it prior to mowing for best results.