You might say that the best time to mow your lawn is when you’re home to do it, but in reality that might not be “the best time.” If you work the classic nine-to-five, plus commute, that might put lawn mowing in conflict with both your neighbors and the health of your lawn.
Consider this: Your lawn and your neighbors, are living organisms, and react differently to different stimuli. Mow your lawn at 5 am, and you won’t only be doing harm to your lawn, but also to your relationship with your community.
So here the best and worst times of day to mow your lawn:
You could mow your lawn before you leave for work, but neither your lawn nor your neighbors will thank you. The grass is probably still wet with dew, which means the mower will likely rip the grass, bruise it and it will subsequently take longer to heal. Your mower will clog faster, leave tracks, make clumps and cause the grass to mat. All of these issues leave your lawn ripe for mold and fungus growth.
Mid-Morning (8–10 AM)
This is the best time to mow your lawn, just after the dew or daily watering has dried off, but before it really gets hot. The grass is dry and standing tall, perfect for an even trim. Make sure your lawn mower blade is sharp, to avoid ragged edges, which will make your lawn slow to rejuvenate. Plus, your neighbors have probably already gone to work or at the very least are awake.
Mid-Day (10 AM–2 PM)
In the heat of the day is when you and your lawn are going to be most stressed. Cutting the lawn at this time, when it’s busy photosynthesizing and guarding its water supply, could kill your lawn. This is by far the worst time to cut your grass, and you most likely don’t want to be out there at that time of day, anyway.
Mid-Afternoon (2–4 PM)
While mid-afternoon temperatures may have dropped somewhat, cutting can still strain your lawn. However, it’s slightly better than mowing your lawn early morning or early evening.
Late Afternoon (4–6 PM)
If you can’t make it mid-morning, then late afternoon is the second-best time to mow your lawn. Once the temperatures of mid-day have dropped a little, mowing takes less of a toll on your grass. Cutting at this time will still give it a few hours to recover before sunset. Also, your neighbors could still be on the way home from work, so you may avoid bothering them.
Early Evening (6–8 PM)
If you mow your lawn around this time, it won’t have time to heal before nightfall, when mold and fungus spores tend to take root. You’ll probably be butting into your neighbors’ dinner conversation, as well.
Don’t forget, after you’ve mowed your lawn, give it a little care afterwards. Allow it time to bounce back, try to keep traffic to a minimum in the first 24 hours after cutting. Also, give it a little extra water a few days after mowing. Taking care of your lawn is being courteous to your neighbors. Everyone loves to see well-tended grass, they just don’t want to hear you doing it at the crack of dawn. So mowing at the right time actually will keep your lawn and your neighbors happy.
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Ben has been taking things apart since he was 5, and putting them back together again since he was 8. After dabbling in DIY repairs at home and on the farm, he found his calling in the CGCC Automobile Repair program. After he held his ASE CMAT for 10 years, Ben decided he needed a change. Now, he writes on automotive topics across the web and around the world, including new automotive technology, transportation legislation, emissions, fuel economy and auto repair.