New Sod

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JamesM, May 14, 2004.

  1. JamesM

    JamesM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    Hello,

    Could anyone tell me how long you usually wait until you start mowing newly laid sod. I have a bank that has built a new parking lot and laid sod all around it and wants me to mow it now (3 days after laying it) I wasnt sure if I should yet.

    Thanks, James McKay
     
  2. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    I usually wait a couple to three weeks. Walk it first (if you can) to see how mushy it is underneath. When you do cut it, cuy it high with sharp blades
     
  3. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 204

    3 weeks....any sooner you risk pulling it back up....also use real sharp blades.
     
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    New sod

    The issue with new sod isn't the grass but rather the roots. Grab a chunk of grass blades and lift up. If the blades break and the sod stays down you can mow. Obviously slowly and carefully and with SHARP blades

    If the sod starts to lift, then leave it alone or tip cut with a line trimmer.
     

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