How early is too early to mow the lawn

How early

  • Sunrise

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • 7am

    Votes: 3 12.5%
  • 8am

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • 9am

    Votes: 10 41.7%
  • 10am

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • I'm calling the police!

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    24

CedarBuck92

Active member
Just finished the first cut of the season. I work 3rd shift so I plan on cutting the grass at 7:30am this summer after I'm done with work. I'm not going to mow on weekends because I don't want to piss the entire neighborhood off, but I don't think starting at 7:30 on a weekday is unreasonable.

And yes I know it's not good for the grass to cut it that early, that's why I keep a razor sharp blade.
Also work 3rd shift. I always mow on either my day off or after I wake up.
 

Sig Hansen

Well-known member
Also I don't see how mowing from 5-8pm when people are sitting down for dinner is any better than mowing at 7:30am. I would much rather have quiet in the evening
 

PantherProud

Well-known member
I go by 9am for noise that could wake the neighbors unless I’ve hired someone to come and do work. Then they can choose how early is too early.
 

EagleGuy

Well-known member
You were thinking the way I was when I first read the question. I often leave grass late in the fall and then try to mow every month of the year. I didn't get my Feburary grass mown this year but January was no problem.
My first thought was "when the grass is less than three inches tall". Then I moved onto "March". It takes me a while to get to the right answer. :)

I, too, mow once each in January and February, more to keep the lawn cleaned up (leaves, etc.) and the mower "tuned up" as anything.

(Ignoring statement above).
 

CedarBuck92

Active member
I've never been able to go to bed right after work. Usually stay up until about 11 am so I do errands and stuff in the morning
Before I got married I used to go to sleep around 9. After getting married I realized that if I wasn't asleep by the time my wife woke up (she is a nurse so only works 3 days a week) I wasn't getting much sleep because she would want to get things done. So I generally am asleep by like 7 which lets me be up to mow by 2 or so. Also helps that my yard isn't really that big so takes like 30-40 minutes to mow.
 

Irwin20

Well-known member
It’s 9 am around here although I’ve never seen anything in writing. We have a neighbor who has a lawn service on the side yesterday Saturday he was mowing, trimming and blowing before 8 am at another neighbors home. I’d never seen him out that early. About 9 the guy across the street went over and spoke to him (not sure if it regarded the mowing).

Most Saturday mornings in the Spring/ Summer I start my mower at about 901 am.
 

irish_buffalo

Well-known member
Does she give you time slots to do dishes and knit sweaters?
I cant wait to see zee's answer.

The grass is usually still wet until around noon. Cutting wet grass is a mess.

Had a couple millennials move in to the neighborhood. Nice houses with nice lawns. A year later they are both trashed. Thanks Obama.
 

chs1971

Well-known member
My first thought was "when the grass is less than three inches tall". Then I moved onto "March". It takes me a while to get to the right answer. :)

I, too, mow once each in January and February, more to keep the lawn cleaned up (leaves, etc.) and the mower "tuned up" as anything.

(Ignoring statement above).
I agree, March is too early.

January and February? No.
 

Zunardo

Well-known member
I mow once around Thanksgiving up to Dec 1 to do a final mulching on stray leaves. As long as I put the mower away with the gas tank close to empty and make sure oil levels are good, it doesn't need started up before April.

I pulled mine out last Friday for the first spring cut, filled up the tank, and it started right up on the first pull.
 

14Red

Well-known member
Just finished the first cut of the season. I work 3rd shift so I plan on cutting the grass at 7:30am this summer after I'm done with work. I'm not going to mow on weekends because I don't want to piss the entire neighborhood off, but I don't think starting at 7:30 on a weekday is unreasonable.

And yes I know it's not good for the grass to cut it that early, that's why I keep a razor sharp blade.
To me, I think 7:30 is a little early. I'd say 8AM is a good start time. It seems like this has become more of a topic the last 10 years than it's ever been before. Two things I will say and it goes both ways. I think a good neighbor understands the room. Meaning you should probably know that if you live in a neighborhood with people with lawns, they have to mow them. More people work crazy schedules now, first shift, second shift, swing shift what have you. Now, I also thing as common courtesy. Mowing at 6AM is unreasonable for MOST people. Mowing at 10PM is unreasonable for MOST people. Personally I'm a heavy sleeper and you can mow my yard at 6AM and I'll sleep right through it.
 

thavoice

Well-known member
My small engine guy recommends this for storage (as well as overall performance)-

I just put a cap of seafoam in mine, and store it dry over the winter.

Mower started up right away yesterday for the first mow. Did prep work two weekends ago in cleaning the carb and such but after doing that it started right up.

Always like getting that first mow it to get the whole yard even. Scotts fertilizer and bam.....still working on taht perfect yard.
 

clarkgriswold

Well-known member
I just put a cap of seafoam in mine, and store it dry over the winter.

Mower started up right away yesterday for the first mow. Did prep work two weekends ago in cleaning the carb and such but after doing that it started right up.

Always like getting that first mow it to get the whole yard even. Scotts fertilizer and bam.....still working on taht perfect yard.
I run mine dry in the fall before I store it but always put a little Startron in the gas for good measure. I put down the Scotts with the crabgrass preventer over the weekend so the yard will soon be growing fast enough to have to mow it twice a week.
 

thavoice

Well-known member
I run mine dry in the fall before I store it but always put a little Startron in the gas for good measure. I put down the Scotts with the crabgrass preventer over the weekend so the yard will soon be growing fast enough to have to mow it twice a week.
Love the Scotts dandelion and weed and feed or whatever it is called.

I have tried lesser fertilizers but none compare.

I think they rebranded their fertilizer and seed in one. Was like 3-1 and saw commercials of a new name I thought. I use that as well pretty soon if I can find it in the stores. Had my old place looking fantastic enough that even on google maps it was discernable from my neighbors but almost started from scratch here.
 

clarkgriswold

Well-known member
Love the Scotts dandelion and weed and feed or whatever it is called.

I have tried lesser fertilizers but none compare.

I think they rebranded their fertilizer and seed in one. Was like 3-1 and saw commercials of a new name I thought. I use that as well pretty soon if I can find it in the stores. Had my old place looking fantastic enough that even on google maps it was discernable from my neighbors but almost started from scratch here.
The 3 in 1 I saw for them was Turfbuilder+Weed & Feed+Halts Crabgrass prevention.
 

thavoice

Well-known member
Im thinking The ThickR lawn 3 in one.

Thought I saw a commercial for something similar that made me to believe it was just rebranded.
Quick search and maybe it is Rapid Grass scotts product
 

EagleGuy

Well-known member
I agree, March is too early.

January and February? No.
I live in NC and have a park with about a dozen willow trees across the street.

Those pesky leaves are a pain (driveway and front yard) until the city does their first mow in spring.

Exercise is good, though. :)
 
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