Discoloration from being mowed too low.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Amazing, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Amazing

    Amazing LawnSite Member
    from Zone 3
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    New sod laid about 3 weeks ago. KBG

    Growing,rooting, filling nicely, then the homeowner did his first cut too low. 50% I'd say. It's not scalped, but slightly discolored (light green).

    I'm just looking for a good answer to give him on how to bring it back to a lush dark green and minimize on weeds/stress. When/how much to water and for how long to get it back. Anything else that can help.

    Appreciate the help .. I'm new to this and I don't want to give the wrong answer.
     
  2. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
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    Tell him that, dammit, he's cutting too low! Tell him you aren't responsible for his bad practices. And, charge him for the advice. That is the right answer.
     
  3. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
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    so cut too much off then?

    if so, nothing it will be fine in a couple days

    same if cut it to low then tell him to cut it 3-31/2 inches
     
  4. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    i think it will be fine in a few days but just in case tell him to water it a little extra. Morning and evening (after 5 but not to late and not a whole lot of water because you do not want root rot or any other diseases.) And make sure you let him know that he needs to cut it higher. Home owners always come back all pissed off where there sod dies after they cut it too short. And its even after i tell them and give them written instructions about how to take care of sod.
     
  5. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Actually early morning is the best time to water. The earlier the better.
     
  6. Amazing

    Amazing LawnSite Member
    from Zone 3
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    Thanks guys. So the nice dark colour should come back in a couple of weeks then?
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  7. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Should be ok as long as it isn't scalped any more.
    One thing that wasn't clear. Is he blaming you for it changing color? And where are you at? If I laid sod right now it would be brown in a week from the heat.
     
  8. Amazing

    Amazing LawnSite Member
    from Zone 3
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    Nah, not blaming me at all .. just looking for advise more than anything.

    It's not terrible to tell you the truth, but I want to be able to give him an informed answer. His neighbor has the same sod with the same grass types and keeps it high (4"). So of course he's got a deep green carpet.

    I live in Canada in Edmonton, AB. Weather here doesn't really get too hot .. :canadaflag:

    Anyway, here is a pic of the lawn.

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    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010
  9. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looks pretty nice, tell him he can just mow it higher with a little extra water :)
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The funny thing about sod, is that if you once scalp the top, in the same way the roots were scalped... watch for dead spots. Pretty sensitive, in some areas if it was cut close on a 'bump' in the lawn...
     

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