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MeadowsLawnCare
06-01-2007, 11:41 PM
Hey guys,

I got a new account today, but the lady just had sod laid about 2 weeks ago and its starting to grow. Its tall enough to mow but i was wondering how long i should wait to actually mow it without causing damage(i will pry mow it the first couple of times with a 21" for the weight issues". I was under the impression to mow it when its not wet, and after it starts growing. Any info on this would help. Thanks!

fiveoboy01
06-02-2007, 03:42 AM
I'm not a sod expert, so hopefully someone who is can answer your question better.

I have mowed some freshly-sodded properties(newly constructed homes), and have usually waited 2 to 3 weeks after the sod was laid down, to be sure that it was taking root. Otherwise you run the risk of sucking the sod up with the mower. I've always used a 21"er on these as well because the ground is usually very soft from watering.

sheshovel
06-02-2007, 06:17 AM
2 Weeks is fine.

Runner
06-02-2007, 06:46 AM
Yep. Just give it a few gentle tugs here and there, and that will tell you how well it is rooting. Hopefully, starter fert. was used. This helps tremendously. One trick is to mow high. This reduces the vacuum of the mower(s). You especially have to be careful around the corner edges.

Grass Kickin
06-02-2007, 11:22 AM
2 weeks is not fine. In Florida all I cut is sod since most of it is laid on sand. We cut Bahia and St. Agustine or Floratam. Generally is you can get your hand under it and feel that it has rooted, you will be fine. My rule of thumb is 6 to 8 weeks. It may look ugly because it is overgrown but consider that if you get your mower on it you can suck up a piece of sod in a split second or rip it up when you turn. The wait is worth not having a headache over replacing some of it.

MeadowsLawnCare
06-02-2007, 03:24 PM
2 weeks is not fine. In Florida all I cut is sod since most of it is laid on sand. We cut Bahia and St. Agustine or Floratam. Generally is you can get your hand under it and feel that it has rooted, you will be fine. My rule of thumb is 6 to 8 weeks. It may look ugly because it is overgrown but consider that if you get your mower on it you can suck up a piece of sod in a split second or rip it up when you turn. The wait is worth not having a headache over replacing some of it.

It was laid in the hills in western iowa which is a more clay dirt. I will check the edges and see if its rooting. Id rather mow overgrown than replace sod...

sheshovel
06-02-2007, 03:42 PM
2 weeks is not fine. In Florida all I cut is sod since most of it is laid on sand. We cut Bahia and St. Agustine or Floratam. Generally is you can get your hand under it and feel that it has rooted, you will be fine. My rule of thumb is 6 to 8 weeks. It may look ugly because it is overgrown but consider that if you get your mower on it you can suck up a piece of sod in a split second or rip it up when you turn. The wait is worth not having a headache over replacing some of it.

That may be true for you dear but this guy is in Iowa ya see?

Grass Kickin
06-02-2007, 03:50 PM
That may be true for you dear but this guy is in Iowa ya see?

Um, yeah,...............so anyway I stand by what I said. If you want to take variables into consideration such as watering, fertilizing, type of mower you use etc. we could piddle back and forth but 2 weeks is quite premature, I don't give a rats a$$ where you are from. Use your common sense so you don't wind up opening your wallet for a replacement. There is nothing wrong with being a little prudent.

General Landscaping
06-02-2007, 04:33 PM
I'll cut it as soon as it looks "really hairy"
I'll use my Quick 36 on it the first couple of times to minimize weight and turn damage.
It usually takes about 2 weeks for it to start kicking off and growing.

HOOLIE
06-02-2007, 06:30 PM
That may be true for you dear but this guy is in Iowa ya see?

Um, yeah,...............so anyway I stand by what I said. If you want to take variables into consideration such as watering, fertilizing, type of mower you use etc. we could piddle back and forth but 2 weeks is quite premature, I don't give a rats a$$ where you are from. Use your common sense so you don't wind up opening your wallet for a replacement. There is nothing wrong with being a little prudent.

I just mowed about 1000k today after 2 weeks....no problem...just walk on it to test how solid it is. So long as it was laid properly (i.e. not sticking up 3" above the rest of the lawn) you should be good.

dfdsuperduty
06-02-2007, 06:32 PM
Here in the chicago area i have always waited at least 3 weeks to mow and then only put a 21" on it for the first 2 weeks of mowing hope that helps

ProMo
06-02-2007, 07:54 PM
2 weeks is not fine. In Florida all I cut is sod since most of it is laid on sand. We cut Bahia and St. Agustine or Floratam. Generally is you can get your hand under it and feel that it has rooted, you will be fine. My rule of thumb is 6 to 8 weeks. It may look ugly because it is overgrown but consider that if you get your mower on it you can suck up a piece of sod in a split second or rip it up when you turn. The wait is worth not having a headache over replacing some of it.

I usually give it two weeks. It is not a good thing to cut more than 1/3 of grass blade at one time.

MeadowsLawnCare
06-03-2007, 01:09 AM
Thanks for all the advice guys!