Can You Mow Wet Leaves?

wet leaves

The arrival of the Fall season brings about many changes in the backyard. Crisp, clear days along with the explosion of autumnal colors that heralds the end of summer and the beginning of winter.

One of the less pleasant tasks that Fall brings is the collection of leaves that gather as the deciduous trees shed their leaves in preparation for winter.

Typically we’ll rake the leaves into piles on the ground and dispose of them in garden sack.

The problem with this method though is it’s dirty and time consuming work. It can also be quite physically taxing! Wet leaves carry a lot of moisture and can weigh a lot.

We going to dive into a potential alternative to all that hard work and find out if you can mow wet leaves.

Can You Mow Wet Leaves? 4 things to consider

Short answer is yes.

The long answer is yes, but think about the following before deciding if mowing is a time and energy saver.

Be Safe

First and foremost think safety. Wet leaves are slippery and lawnmowers have spinning blades, see the potential issue? Be especially careful if using a mower on a slope or incline as this will be the high risk area for slipping.

Even better consider giving the leaves a quick rake over and let them dry out for a couple of days before mowing.

Clogging the mower blades

How bad this problem will be depends on the type of lawnmower you’re using. Mowing a heavy blanket of leaves will likely cause the blades to clog up, the mower to stall and the blades to go blunt faster. You’ll lose time having to constantly stop the mover, clean out the blades and then restart again,

Mow regularly

An answer to the clogging problem is to mow regularly to prevent the build up of a thick wet layer of leaves. It’ll make the job a lot easier on one hand but on the other hand means you need to mow more often.


Being wet the leaves tend to clump together. So you mow the wet leaves but the clipping out the other side are all clumpy and don’t disburse evenly on the lawn behind you, in fact they often leaves mowing lines.

So what we can summarize from the above is, yes, you can mow wet leaves, but it’s often not worth the hassle.

Written by Shane O'Connor

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