Can You Mow Wet Grass?

Generally, most of us wait for a nice sunny day to mow the lawn, but if your grass is getting a little wild and it’s damp under foot, is it a good idea to head out anyway?

Well, first things first, let’s cover the health and safety warning – water and electrics don’t mix well, so if you’ve got an electric mower, if its raining or there’s water around (including coming up through the ground) mowing is definitely off the cards. In fact, for electric mowers, don’t risk it at all – it’s just not worth it.

So, assuming we’re talking about a petrol mower, you want to think in terms of getting around without damaging the lawn. Most mowers are quite weighty, and that’s all supported with (usually) 4 wheels, which have minimal surface area in contact with the lawn. That means you might just create mini trenches in the lawn if the ground it too soft. You’re also likely to scrape up turf from the lawn as you go, so if you’re going ahead with mowing, start in a subtle place, and check for dints in the ground on a small patch first.

Generally speaking it’s safe to go ahead with damp ground with a petrol mower – of course bogginess (is that even a word?) is a sliding scale, with a swamp at the end to avoid, and a solid, dry lawn at the end where perfection lives. Everyone will have their own level of tolerance as to what constitutes acceptably firm turf, but if you’re not physically sinking and nor is the mower, you’re probably going to be fine.

The exception to the electrical rule is the robot mowers that we’ve mentioned before. While they’re quite expensive compared to the type that most of us use, some are designed to get to work navigating the lawn in remarkably damp conditions, and in some cases, even the rain. The ones that are rainproof (not the same as waterproof) often include sensors to determine when it’s too wet and abandon until conditions improve, but at least they’re working to a set of rules determined by the manufacturer.

How Much Are Robot Lawn Mowers?

You may have seen some robot lawn mower reviews like we talked about last time, and if you have, you’ll know that they often don’t come cheap. For some of the more popular machines, the ones that you’ll find on Amazon and other big retailers, you do to some extent get the economies of scale in manufacturing reducing the cost, but you’ll still be lucky to get under £500.

Flymo are a hugely popular brand whether you’re thinking about traditional lawnmowers, strimmers or many other garden products, and they’ve also moved into the robot mower space, but how much is a Flymo robot mower? Their flagship mover is the 1200R, and it retails for around the £1000 mark. It is, however, possible to get a good saving though, as we found when covering the reviews here.

They’re really useful for saving you time, and the quality of the finish you get from frequent mowing and keeping the blades of grass to a consistent length is unparallelled, especially when compared to a manual mower. This is where the value starts to come in – it’s about saving you time, and you value your time, don’t you? Having a perfectly mown lawn is great too – all done without you lifting a finger. So, when you see that price tag in the region of £1000, try not to compare it in your mind to that £89 special at B&Q, it’s hardly the same thing. Compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges. There’s plenty to choose from, and more than just Flymo – just Google a few to get a realistic comparison, there’s more coming out with each passing month.

In summary, be sure to do your research with those robotic lawn mower reviews, and you can soon put your feet up instead of working up a sweat in the garden every week or two!