Mowing the lawn is a chore worth planning for. With hot summer temperatures upon us in Birmingham, you may feel compelled to wake up early to get the lawn done before the heat of the day catches up with you. Maybe you thrive when the sun is high and embrace the chance to get a tan while giving the lawn a trim.
The premier lawn care experts at EnviroSpray understand not only how to care for your lawn but when to do so as well. Here are the two best and worst times of day to mow your lawn, starting with the worst.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: The late afternoon is usually the hottest part of the day. Not only could it be dangerous to be laboring in the hot sun during this time of day, but your lawn and lawnmower are less resilient too. The grass is more brittle when hot and mowing during the hottest part of the day could lead to additional wear and tear.
6 a.m. – 8 a.m.: Early morning may be the coolest part of the day, but it may be a hassle for you and your lawn mower. Dew, overnight precipitation, and watering may still be present on your grass during this time, which could lead to wet shoes, a clogged lawnmower (and unhappy neighbors!). Mowing when the lawn is damp can also lead to unsightly tracks. So, it is best to wait until later after the grass dries naturally.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Early evening is a sweet spot for your lawn because the temperature begins to cool down, ensuring it won’t be dangerously hot. Getting it done before six also ensures that your yard will still have enough time to recover before the sun goes down. Mowing during a dry but not too hot time of the day also helps prevent fungus that can ruin your lawn.
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: If you are more of a morning person, this is a similar sweet spot as early evening because the grass is dry and the weather is still cool. When you finish the lawn this early, you can go on with the rest of your day with the satisfaction of a job well done while avoiding wear and tear on both your lawn and your lawnmower.
No matter when you choose to mow the lawn, you can ensure success by wearing comfortable, close-toed shoes, drinking plenty of water, and wearing ear protection and sunscreen. Before starting your mower, ensure that it has proper fuel and oil and the blade is leveled appropriately for your lawn. Take the time to remove any debris from your yard, including rocks, sticks, toys, hoses, and downspouts.