Should I Water My Lawn After Mowing?
While it is generally safe to water your lawn after mowing, it’s important to avoid overwatering or watering during the sunniest part of the day. Doing so could lead to pest infestations, scorching, or disease. For that reason, we recommend assessing your lawn’s watering needs independently from your mowing routine.
When to Water After Mowing
Following a mowing session, your freshly cut grass becomes more susceptible to stress and potential damage. However, extra moisture may not be the best solution. It’s best to water your lawn after mowing only if it aligns with your regular irrigation schedule or when your grass is showing signs of underwatering. Look for signs of dehydration such as:
- Yellowing or browning leaves
- Dry, crispy, or wilting grass blades
- Footprints that last longer than normal
- Cracking and dry soil
All of these signs suggest that your lawn could use some extra hydration, particularly after mowing. But if you decide to water post-mowing, it’s ideal to wait until the afternoon when the sun isn’t in full force. Watering during midday hours might scorch the grass blades, potentially leading to more health issues in the long run.
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Why Is My Grass Wilting After Mowing?
A great watering schedule isn’t the only component of a healthy lawn care routine. If your grass looks damaged or unhealthy after mowing, you could be dealing with an entirely different problem. Some reasons why your lawn looks wilted after mowing could include:
- Dull mower blades: When your mower’s blades are dull, they tend to rip and tear through the grass rather than making clean cuts. If you haven’t replaced your mower blades in the last year, consider changing them to promote faster lawn recovery.
- Mowing too often: While it’s common to mow your lawn weekly, it might be excessive if your grass grows slowly. Mowing puts stress on your lawn, so it’s best to trim it only when it becomes noticeably overgrown.
- Trimming the grass too short: If you trim your grass too short, the blades can dry out quickly, struggle to regrow, and have difficulty with photosynthesis. Aim to maintain a height of at least 2 ½ to 3 inches during each mowing session.
- Using too high of a setting: Even though a powerful mower may appear efficient, it can be too aggressive for your turf. Some settings may even “scalp” your lawn, leading to numerous bald spots that take time to recover.
- Mowing wet grass: Wet grass is heavier and tends to bend or flatten under the mower. When mowing on wet grass, you’re at a higher risk of inadvertently tearing the blades, making it more difficult for the turf to bounce back.
Still not sure why your grass is struggling after each mowing session? Florida Pest Control is here to lend you a hand. With our team’s extensive experience in serving Florida, we’re well-equipped to improve your lawn care routine and help your grass thrive all year long.