View Full Version : First Time Cutting New Sod (that's been through a drought)

07-24-2006, 12:05 PM
I will be cutting the yard/sod at my house for the first time in the next couple of days. The grass has been through some serious heat this summer but I have done my best to revive it the past week and a half. Here are some pics as of a week ago, I will try to post up pics of the yard as of today, tonight. Should I cut the grass high/medium/low and should I mulch it or bag it?



Also type/brand blade would you recommend for my lawn mower. Mine is an older version of THIS (http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1822631745.1153752931@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccdiaddigkgfjfmcgelceffdfgidgjl.0&CNTTYPE=PROD_META&CNTKEY=misc/searchResults.jsp&MID=9876&N=2984+5521&pos=n18) mower with a 20" deck and a 4h.p. motor. I'm guessing I will need to mulch and bag so I will need a blade capable of doing that.

Throw out some suggestions.

07-25-2006, 01:26 PM
Cut it at 2.25 to 2.5 inches for now.(I'm assuming bermuda with some weeds mixed in ,per photos)Also,leave the clippings.They contain moisture,even though right now it's very little moisture.Give the lawn deep waterings every day,early in the morning(around 5 AM), during this drought.We've been installing landscapes and the ground is completely dry ,even at 12-14 inches.

07-25-2006, 08:11 PM
Appreciate it. I have been watering the yard every morning between 6 and 8a.m. for 30 minutes. One area gets watered for 45min-1hr b/c two sprinklers are hitting that one area... The grass is getting greener, and the crabgrass is flourishing :angry: . Anyways, I'm gonna cut it in the next couple of days and i'll try and post up pics of the yard now. Do you think bagging it on the first cut would take up any of the thatch that is on the yard? Thanks.

07-26-2006, 09:44 AM
30 minutes of watering isn't enough right now.You need 3 inches of saturation and the ground is just too hard to get that within 30 minutes.Water it until you can easily poke a screwdriver into the soil to 3 inches deep.
Thatch isn't what you see on top.That's just clippings.Consider it mulch.With your lawn being new,you won't have to worry about thatch for a few years.Thatch is actually under the grass,in the soil,and you'll have to pull plugs out of the sod to check it.