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Cutting new Sod

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jkkalbers, Oct 4, 2003.


How soon do you cut new sod?

Poll closed Oct 8, 2003.
  1. 2 weeks

    2 vote(s)
  2. 3 weeks

    2 vote(s)
  3. 4 weeks

    2 vote(s)
  4. more than 4 weeks

    0 vote(s)
  1. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 144

    I did a search and found some info. but no real opinions. How soon after installation do you typically mow new sod? I usually wait at least three weeks, how about you guys, do you find it is better to wait 4 or 5 weeks? Like to hear thoughts. Also keep in mind I'm in Minnesota and it gets pretty cold here in the mornings now which will slow growth. thanks in advance for your opinions.
  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,137

    I dunno, I hate cutting new sod and usually turn down the work.

  3. At least in my end of the world, Most suppliers in their media, recommend the first cutting anywhere from 7 to 10 days.

    Now if your using a 1000 pound mower, I sure as heck would wait a couple weeks.

    Pacific sod is the biggest grower here in the west coast. The 7 to 10 day is on their site.
  4. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    New sod lawns should be mowed as soon as needed, before blades exceed 3”. Use a sharp mower and never remove over 1/3 of the plant at one cutting. In normal growing weather, the first mowing would be 4 to 7 days after installation. Cut to a height of 1 ½ to 2”. :cool:
  5. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Posts: 554

    I beleive its when the grass height reaches 30-40% higher than the final cut. I usally wait 2 weeks.
    I had the fun job of laying 400 sqft this morning!:( I hate laying sod, Pays good but I hate it.
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Hey paul, isn't that kind of low and kind of soon for cool season grasses? Just wondering since I know you do a lot more of this work than we do???
  7. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 791

    When ya can't lift the Sod.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    And I thought I was the only dummie that went around and tugged on it...LOL..to see if it was ready? Glad to see one of our "down under" members agrees:D
  9. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 791

    Yep thats the way rod.

    It's a pretty logical way to see how its traveling
  10. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    You should never remove over 1/3 of the blade regardless of new or old grass. New sod should be properly watered for the first week, and is essential. Properly watered sod (blue, rye, fescue... most popular in our area) should begin to take root within 5 days, and should be cut early.

    Yes Rod, that is short. That was meant to be 2 1/2 - 3". That's what happens when you type too fast! :cool:

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