New Lawn – First Cutting?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by T.Wells, May 9, 2005.

  1. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 86

    Hello, I am currently in the process of growing my new lawn here in southeastern PA . I have about an acre of grass coming in and wanted to ask a question about the first cut. I know to let the lawn grow fairly high before giving it the first cut and to not cut more than 1/3 of the total length of the blades of grass. I also know to cut the lawn at 3-5 inches as well. The seed that was dropped was a 50/50 contractors mixture of tall fescue and annual ryegrass. I went ahead and dropped some additional seed which was a Pennington grass seed mixture containing tall fescue (94%) and Kentucky bluegrass (6%).

    My question is that I am wondering if I should rent or borrow a 21” mower to give the grass its first cut or can I use my homeowners ZTR (Husqvarna CZ4217). I thought that the ZTR mower might damage the grass too much while riding over the new blades. Can anyone provide some thoughts or advice?

    Thanks,
    T.Wells

    PS I am most likely a few weeks away from actually mowing.
     
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 963

    If not too big, I would cut with a 21". a ZTR will be tough until the ground firms up some assuming that you tilled it before seeding. If the ground is firm, I dont think you will have many problems as long as you can make 180 degree turns without totally stopping on wheel.
     
  3. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 86

    Thanks for the reply Marko.

    I actually did not till the ground but some soil (backfill) was dropped off and moved around with a bulldozer first and then sifted with a bobcat.

    I know what you are talking about with the ZTR doing a 180 without stopping the wheel but I have only driven up and down the driveway so far and therefore I am new to controlling a ZTR mower.

    My ZTR is relatively small as it is a 17hp with 42" cut so that may help some, huh?

    Thanks again,
    T.Wells
     
  4. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 963

    Big enough to do some damage. I would rent a larger walk behind (or hire someone with one), side discharge and leave the clippings unless they would smother the grass.
     

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