'Can I cut wet grass?' Experts respond to this commonly asked lawn care question

gardener cutting the grass with an electric lawnmower
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If you're asking 'can I cut wet grass?' the chances are that your lawn is in desperate need of a trim, but we just can't seem to get a long enough spell of dry weather to safely get the job done.

Mowing your lawn when it's not sufficiently dry can really damage your grass as well as clog up your lawn mower. There's also the question of safety, depending on if you're using a petrol lawn mower or an electric model.

Portrait shot of David Hedges Gower, a lawn expert
David Hedges-Gower

David is one of the UK's leading lawn experts, with over 30 years experience in the industry. He is Chairman of the Lawn Association, an educational platform for homeowners and professionals, and founded the world's first lawn care qualification.

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Chris McIlroy

Chris is the technical product lead and in-house lawn seed expert for The Grass People. His advice is focused on sowing, mowing, and maintaining a perfect lawn, and how to overcome any lawn issues homeowners face.

Cobra GTRM38 1400W 38cm Cut Electric Lawn mower | Was £137.99, now £121 at Mowers Online

Cobra GTRM38 1400W 38cm Cut Electric Lawn mower | Was £137.99, now £121 at Mowers Online

This mains powered electric lawnmower has multiple blade height settings and a 40ltr capacity for collecting clippings which can later be used as mulch. This site also offers free delivery and a 90 day money back guarantee

Powerbase 1600W Electric Lawn Mower - 37cm | Was £119.00, now £99 at Homebase

Powerbase 1600W Electric Lawn Mower - 37cm | Was £119.00, now £99 at Homebase

Users of this lawnmower remarked on its ease of use and efficiency. The handle and collection bag can be collapsed for storage.

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Guy Jenkins

Guy is the Consumer Manager for Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest provider of lawn seed, and is an expert in the field of lawn seed and lawn care.

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Peter Chaloner

Peter Chaloner is the Managing Director of Cobra, one of the UK's leading brands of garden machinery. He is a passionate enthusiast when it comes to lawn care and seasonal gardening tasks. He takes great pride in maintaining his own lawn and garden to perfection and is knowledgeable about various techniques and tools that can be used to achieve the best results.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.