How Early Is TOO Early To Mow

Do you know when is the right time and how to do the proper lawn mowing? Knowing the basic lawn care etiquette is essential to maintain a pleasing yard and harmonious neighborhoods. This article got you covered by elaborating on the most important tips to consider in lawn mowing.

The best time for lawn mowing is between 9 AM – 6 PM during the weekdays and 10 AM – 6 PM on weekends.

And common lawn care etiquettes include:

  1. not mowing too early or too late in the day,
  2. using a push-type lawnmower as it’s less loud (optional),
  3. mow regularly
  4. cleaning up after cutting
  5. bagging the clippings or do grasscycling.

When Is The Best Time Of The Day To Mow Lawn?

During the weekdays, 9 AM to 6 PM is the recommended time to start running your lawnmower. Meanwhile, adjust the time from 10 AM to 6 PM during the weekends. The primary reason behind this is to avoid giving nuisance to the people around you.

Additionally, lawn mowing too early is not ideal because grasses are still damp due to the morning dew. Wet grasses can clog your mower and are harder to trim. Cutting the grass late at night, on the other hand, makes the grass susceptible to damages and fungal diseases.

Various Lawn Mowing Etiquette

1. Ditch Lawn Mowing at Odd Hours

Remember this cardinal rule: do not mow your lawn before breakfast or dinner.

Too Early

Who would want to be awakened by the noise coming from the lawnmower at 6 AM? I bet that just like me, you don’t want to too.

Remember that it is just proper not to disturb people who are likely in a deep slumber. So, mind the time and start mowing your lawn only if it’s already 9 or 10 AM. This is a golden rule that will prevent you from troubling many people.

Not only you did well in cutting grass because they have dried up, but retain your good relationship with the people next to you.

Too Late

Just like in the morning, you might not also want to cause nuisances to your neighbor once the sunsets.

I recommend you not to mow your lawn once the clock ticks 6:00 in the evening. This is because 6 PM marks the moment of settling down and relaxation for most people. Some individuals may even start eating their dinner or playing a family game at this hour.

2. Use a Push-type Lawn Mower (optional)

Noise is the primary problem when mowing your lawn. But did you know that there is a type of lawnmower with less loud sound?

The push-type lawn mower is the quietest one among the others, which are the mulching and the reel variety. This works just like a pair of scissors that cut the grass. So, what you’ll only hear is the gentle “snip-snip-snip”. The only downside with this kind is dealing with its weight and size since you have to push it manually.

Though having a push-type lawn mower is not compulsory, a low sound operation can mean a happier community. You’ll have fewer worries about interrupting your neighbor’s activities as well.

3. Mow Regularly

I know, mowing your lawn can be tiring, boring, and your least favorite. But you should trim the grass regularly despite any circumstances. Here’s why:

To Maintain the Lawn Aesthetics

Letting the grass freely grow can later appear as an eyesore.

Grass tends to seed as time passes by. These seeds then germinate, grow, and continually multiply. Sooner, your lawn can look like the unsightly weeds in the wild.

To Not Add Weight To Your Task

You’ll give yourself a hard time later if you procrastinate from lawn mowing. Thick and overgrown grass is much harder to cut. It will cost you more energy, effort, and time.

You might need to sharpen the lawnmower, even more, to effectively cut the grass. Also, pushing the mow can be a bit harder and slower. At some point, doing another round of mowing is also necessary.

4. Clean After Lawn Mowing

Another etiquette that you should practice is cleaning up after mowing your lawn. Letting the clippings in a bulk can block the air circulation in the lawn and cause ill effects. Moreover, the air can blow these away, spread in the nearby roads and yards.

Check out these two methods to prevent this mess:

Do Grasscycling

Grasscycling is an easy method to turn the rubbish grass into the lawn’s organic fertilizer. This procedure works by letting both the micro- and macronutrients slowly return to the lawn through the decomposition process.

To do this, you have to scatter the grass clippings on the entire lawn. You can either manually rake them or redo the lawn mowing. While both ways can evenly distribute the grass cuttings, the latter is easier to do, especially with the “mulch” setting for some mowers.

Try grasscycling the next time you mow your lawn. The time and money you are going to save since it can replace 25% of lawn fertilizer, will surprise you.

5. Bag the Grass Clippings

While grasscycling is a productive method, it has a limitation. Grasscycling is only efficient under the right conditions. But when the grass seems ill, you should collect the clippings and dispose them.

Initially, observe your lawn and identify whether it has any illness. Here are a few diseases that commonly occur to grasses:

  1. Brown Patch – Some leaf blades seem dry with dark streaks extending from an inch or more. This disease can infect both the warm- and cold-season grasses like centipede, Bermuda, and bentgrass.
  2. Rust Infection – Leaves have rust-like flecks, varying from yellow, orange, red, or brown. These areas are initially just light-yellow spots that enlarge, darken, and elongate. Rust infection occurs during early spring and mid-summer where leaves are usually moist and receiving low light.
  3. Dollar Spot– This infection gives the leaves lesions that are straw in color. Some spots may resemble brown patches, but the grass tips usually die back.

For some unfortunate case that your lawn has a disease, you have to bag the clippings. You must not just leave these cuttings on your lawn because infections will spread in the whole area. Doing corrective measures like spraying appropriate fungicide is also a great thing to do.

You can collect the clippings by sweeping it with a broom. Afterward, dispose these properly by either burning or burying it deep down. Never put it in a compost pit.


Though there are no formal lawn care etiquettes, practicing the unspoken rules is essential. Aside from attaining a visually pleasing lawn, you are establishing a clean and harmonious neighborhood.

Which etiquette from today’s post is your favorite? Or maybe I haven’t mentioned a rule in your community?

Either way, I would love it if you’ll express your thoughts in the comment section below.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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