Today, while I was browsing through a forum, I noticed a post of a customer who messed up something with zero turn mowing. He mentioned that he couldn’t mow his yard completely as it was wet. The grass was clogging up in the mower thus interrupting continuity.
Being a lawn mower specialist, I often receive phone calls with such complaints. These are mostly related to the wet grass mowing difficulty. So, eventually I have turned into writing this immediate post for all of such users.
I usually tell them to stop complaining and find the reason. In most cases, the mowing machines they use aren’t designed according to mowing wet grass. Typical residential lawn tractors are unable to mow a dump yard. For a fast and dense garden, you need to mow it time to time. This time interval shouldn’t be more than a week. Then what to do during monsoon when it rains day after day? Or in foggy winter when the grass is moist, and the ground is damp? The solution is Zero Turn mowing.
Why a Zero Turn Mower?
Zero turn mowers have an effectively zero degree turning radius. This zero turn enables the mower to turn around its gears. The main difference between Zero Turns and typical lawn tractors is on the wheels. Each wheel of the former has an independent wheel motor. Two steering handles control these motors. You can push or pull them forward or backward, either together or separately. This independent steering system reduces half of your mowing time.
Usually, wet grass isn’t well considered to mow. Then what to do? Wait until it dries no matter how many days it takes? No, certainly not. There’s a myth that, mowing wet grass or damp yard causes harm to the grass. But it doesn’t. In fact, it’s better to mow the wet grass before it grows too tall. But one essential condition is that the blades of your mower should be quite sharp. Zero turn riding mowers are best suited for this purpose. Hence, Zero Turn mowing is a possible solution to the problem of mowing wet grass.
How to Mow Wet Grass- Zero Turn Mowing
- Check whether the ground is soggy or not. That means if you walk and your foot sinks, it’s too wet to mow. Don’t run your mower in such condition.
- Make sure that the mower’s blades are very sharp.
- Some people use silicon spray or oil the underside of the mower deck. They believe spraying or oiling eases the whole operation.
Three Simple Steps for Mowing by Zero Turn Mower
Step 1: Make two to three laps around the edge of your lawn. If you push both the control levers forward, your zero turn mower will move in a straight line forward. By pushing one lever forward than the other, you can turn the mower in the opposite direction. So in case, you want your mower to turn left, push the right control lever forward.
Step 2: Mow the yard in a row. Start from one end of your yard. Go straight by cutting grass lying in the line. Continue going until you reach the other end.
Step 3: When you finish a pass, turn toward the uncut area. Pull back the levers to reverse the process. Then facing the previously mowed area, pull the lever harder. Push both the control levers forward again to straighten out.
Repeat these three steps again and again until you finish mowing your entire lawn.
Tips for Mowing the Wet Grass by Zero Turn
As the wet and damp ground is soft and the grass is easy to pull out, it’s unnecessary to push the levers harder. Slow down the zero turn mower and gently clip the grass. To speed down the engine, use the throttle lever attached to your Zero Turn.
Take Round Turns
We usually take square turns while stopping, turning, pivoting. But for the wet condition, round turn is preferable than square turn. A greater chance of tearing up the grass persists when it is saturated. Therefore, more the round your turns are, better the mowing would be.
Avoid Steep Hills
Zero turn mowers aren’t suitable for mowing steep hill. Especially, if the steepness is more than 15 degree, there’s a quite good possibility of tipping over. So avoid such steep hills.
Clean the Blades
Clean the clipped damp grass before it forms a soggy layer over the blades and turns into a moldy mess. Attach water pipe with the washout port and start the motor. When washing is complete, detach the pipe and wipe the blade. Also, remove debris from tires with a wire brush.
Reduce the Time Interval Between Consequent Zero Turn Mowing
Mow your yard more often. If you mow it after every seven days, cut it to five days. It’ll prevent grass from growing tall and shaggy. Tall, wet grass is harder to cut.
Adjust the Blades Higher
Grass in damp areas mostly grows up to 3 to 4 inches. So cutting it too short can cause problems in wet mowing situation. That’s why set the mower deck to the highest or second highest position.
Sharpen Mower Blades
As told before, the sharpness of blades plays the most important role in Zero Turn mowing of wet grass. Therefore, check the blades’ sharpness every time before you start mowing. Especially if your mower is older enough, sharpen or alter them after several usages.
Look for Obstacles
Remove obstacles like stones, rocks, sticks, bumps, holes, etc. from the way.
Final Talk of Zero Turn Mowing
Although driving a zero turn riding mower isn’t a mammoth task, it still needs a good practice. How to stop, how to turn around on wheels, there are some delicate matters to take care. Again mowing in wet condition is even riskier. There’s a good chance of turning over. Therefore, first learn how to turn tight without tearing up the lawn. Once you become the master of the art of handling the machine, Zero Turn mowing of wet grass won’t be difficult for you. Just keep a few things in your mind and work accordingly. I hope this article will help you to remove difficulty associated with Zero Turn mowing.