If you’re a homeowner looking to take the best care of your new sod lawn after it’s been installed, one of the basic things to know is when you should mow it. Maintaining a new lawn requires some tweaks to regular practices such as watering and fertilization – you do not want to perform these practices in the same way as you would on an established lawn. Your job is to give your new lawn a conducive place to grow and flourish as it establishes itself in your yard. Here, we discuss when you should mow a new sod lawn.
When Can I Start Mowing?
The first day of your mowing should take place about 2-3 weeks after installation; we recommend 14 to 21 days. Before you mow, you should check your lawn’s progress by tugging lightly at the sod. Your sod should be producing small white roots that make it resistant to being pulled up from the ground. When you spot these roots – and face resistance when trying to tug your sod up – you know that it’s the right time to start mowing. If you do not spot these roots, or your sod can be pulled up easily, you should wait another few days before you start mowing.
How Should I Mow My New Sod?
Set your mower to the highest setting – or the one that is necessary to remove the tips of your leaf blades. When you mow at a high setting, you encourage lateral growth – this leads to the individual pieces of your sod knitting together gradually until it forms a seamless surface.
Why should Mowing New Sod be Any Different?
When you mow new sod, you want to encourage lateral growth. The more lateral growth, the faster your sod pieces will link up to each other. In the 2-3 weeks that you wait to mow your lawn, your roots will grow and strengthen in the ground, which helps with faster establishment in your yard.
Waiting too long to mow can force you to have to remove more than a third of your leaf blade, causing stress to your new lawn. Cutting off more than a third of the leaf’s blade means that the blade has less surface area available for photosynthesis, resulting in slower or curtailed growth of your grass. While most homeowners are nervous to start mowing too soon after their lawn has been installed, waiting too long can also result in stress to your lawn.
How Do I Ensure My Lawn Puts Down Roots?
To help your lawn put down roots as soon as possible, you want to feed it the right materials. After sod installation, you want to fertilize your new sod with the right nutrients. Look for fertilizers rich in phosphorus, and which mention other ingredients such as carbon and potassium. Most fertilizers should have these ingredients already. Once your lawn has been established, you can look into regular lawn care services to keep it healthy and flourishing throughout the year.