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First time mowing freshly laid sod....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jon99, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Jon99

    Jon99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    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???
  2. edrenckh

    edrenckh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    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.
  3. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    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!!
  4. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393


    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

  5. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    Good advise from CMerLand - than when you do mow take it EASY
  6. AltaView

    AltaView LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    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.

    Good Luck

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