mowing sod?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Fleming Lawn Services, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Fleming Lawn Services

    Fleming Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    Just curious to know how long should one wait before mowing sod, it was recently put in a week ago and they want it cut already, is it safe to use a walk behind on it or should i just use a push mower?
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    If they just put it in a week ago then explain to the customer that their sod needs to become rooted before you cut it. Grab a piece of it and try to pull up on it and see if it comes up or not. People dont know any better, sod should be cut no sooner than 2 - 3 weeks.
  3. Quiky One

    Quiky One LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I cut my sod about 4-5 weeks after with a push mower. Any sooner and it tore up the grass turning.
  4. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Amen brother!
  5. BQLC

    BQLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 574

    I would make them aware of the fact that if you cut it before it has rooted that it will do more harm than good
    I would wait at least 2 1/2 - 3 weeks before i cut and then use a 21 to cut it if possible
  6. acm8705

    acm8705 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I always wait as long as possible. Let the grass get really long and thick. This helps the grass hold moisture by preventing the sun from drying out the dirt.

    The first cut should also be as high the mower will cut. Gradually lower the cut over about 3 weeks.

    After laying over 300 pallets in a year I've found this to be the best method.
  7. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    I usually wait 2-3 weeks to cut sod after it is installed
  8. BobcatZT

    BobcatZT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Should wait as long as possible, but no sooner than 3 weeks.
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,955

    Ditto. We've all seen homeowners with new sod let it grow so tall that even sheep would have a hard time eating it all down...... BUT, these newly sodded lawns that are tall survive the heat. If I had new sod, I would be tempted not to mow it at all until fall, cuz I've seen the results of homeowners thinking "they need to keep it mowed", and it ain't pretty. "Lawns that are mowed short can be as much as 20 - 30 degrees hotter at the crown of the plant than lawns that are mowed high" (Iowa State University). I prefer grass to be green -- not brown. Cool season turf always suffers during the summer, so why mow it when it's better not to? In fact, NO plant prefers to have its "natural height" to be reduced (tree/shrub/grass/etc). I mow my lawn at four inches during summer drought.
  10. Quiky One

    Quiky One LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Thanks for that quote of info. Good to know. I cut my lawn at 4" all year and just cut it more often. If the grass is healthier 45 minutes of my time isn't hard.

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