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When not to ride a mower on lawn.

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Curious if there are conditions when you should not be on your riding mower to avoid damage to turf. I already know if the turf is wet but what about other factors to consider. Heat, humidity, dry conditions etc. What causes tire tracks to be deeper green then turf that had no wheel contact. Any thought or experience with this???
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I would not use a riding mower on new/young grass or newly altered/loose/wet soil as that seems to cause the tracks in my experience.

The deeper green question - I would guess this is because the wheels are making the grass compress and lay down which make it appear darker or reflect light differently than grass standing up.
This is what causes striping and the weight of the mower/wheels can cause a similar effect.
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