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Old 06-18-2003, 10:30 PM
Jon99 Jon99 is offline
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First time mowing freshly laid sod....

A bank I mow for handed me their new branch and its set to open this weekend and they are supposed to have the sod done by then... Any secrets in getting this done right???
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Old 06-18-2003, 10:38 PM
edrenckh edrenckh is offline
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I just mowed some too. Make sure they turn off the sprinklers. Don't want to mow soggy ground. Avoid making ruts and separating the sod.

Also, mow it a bit high. Scalping would suck if it grabbed the end of a roll and tore it off.
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Old 06-19-2003, 12:51 AM
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make sure its been rolled if not have funn cutting cause you will make a mess.there will be high an low spots an when you cut you will just grind the sod up in the high spots an in the low spots your mower will just sink. if its a small area i would prefer a small 21 inch mower the first few times . whatever you do roll it!!
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Old 06-19-2003, 01:21 AM
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You shouldnt mow newly laid sod for three weeks after installation or until the root system has firmly rooted the sod to the soil. If you do it too soon, every time you try to turn the mower you will pull the sod up with the braking wheel. Additionally, mowing too soon will further stress the sod, because instead of putting its roots down it will put its energy into increasing its top growth. If the sods going down just prior to opening, youll be fine as most sod companies usually mow a day or two prior to cutting from the field.

Good luck

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Old 06-19-2003, 09:40 AM
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Good advise from CMerLand - than when you do mow take it EASY
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Old 06-19-2003, 11:30 AM
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Great advice from CMerLand. I worked for a sod farm for three years and that is exactly right. The sod needs a chance to firmly root to the new ground it is laid on. It needs every ounce of energy devoted to that....not repairing cut blades. You may need to educate the bank managment so they understand.

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