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How do I prevent my mower from making ruts in new sod?

Posted by Jack on Mar 29, 2016 8:07:17 AM

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You've just installed and watered your new sod.  Great Job!  At this point, most people wonder when they should mow it.  Luckily, we mow our grass before harvest so it will not need its first mowing for at least a week.  Once about a week has passed, it might be looking a little tall and need mowing.  Follow these tips for your first few cuttings:

  • Stop watering for 24 hours before you mow the grass.  This will give the soil some time to dry out and prevent mower ruts!  Be sure to water immediately after mowing since your grass will likely be thirsty!
  • Use a push mower on fresh sod... Heavy lawn tractors are more likely to make ruts in freshly tilled soil.  Once the lawn is established in 2 - 3 weeks, you can hop back on the tractor!
  • Do not cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade off.  You might have to set your mower at a very high setting if the new sod is very tall.
  • Some people worry that the mower will "suck up" the new sod.  In reality this never really happens.  The sod is relatively heavy and this is not likely` unless the mower is set very short.

Topics: Sod Installation

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