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  • Writer's pictureKirk Harris

WHEN TO MOW NEW SOD: A HELPFUL GUIDE



With new sod being installed in Utah yards every year, a common question we constantly receive is “When to mow new sod?”.

All American Sod not only supplies Utah residents with top quality sod, but is here to help answer common questions so you get the nice lush grass you have always wanted.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about mowing after new sod.

Let’s jump in.

You've just installed fresh sod, and your lawn looks immaculate. But when can you mow new sod without causing damage or setbacks? Understanding the right timing for mowing new sod helps maintain its health and appearance.


It’s important to analyze factors that determine when to mow new sod, including how long to wait, the best practices for cutting, and essential tips to ensure your lawn thrives.

Let's dive into the details to help you determine the ideal time to start grooming your freshly laid grass.


1. Allow for Root Establishment:


The first consideration when deciding when to mow new sod is to ensure that the roots have firmly anchored the grass to the soil. This typically takes place during the first few weeks after installation. Avoid mowing during this initial period, as it can disrupt the delicate root system.


2. Observe Height:


A good rule of thumb is to wait until your new sod has reached the recommended mowing height for its specific grass type. This height can vary but is often between 2 to 3 inches. If you're unsure, consult with your sod supplier or a local landscaping expert for guidance on the ideal mowing height for your grass.

3. Perform the "Tug Test":


Before you mow your new sod, conduct the "tug test." Gently tug on the grass blades. If they offer resistance and don't easily lift from the soil, it's a sign that the roots are well-established. However, if the grass lifts with minimal effort, it's best to wait a little longer before mowing.


4. Gradual Introduction:


When the time is right, introduce mowing gradually. Start with a higher cutting height to avoid stressing the grass. Avoid removing more than one-third of the grass blade's length in a single mowing session, as cutting too short can damage the sod and hinder growth.

5. Proper Equipment:


Ensure your mower blades are sharp and in good condition. Dull blades can tear the grass instead of cleanly cutting it, leaving your new sod vulnerable to disease and stress.

6. Keep a Consistent Schedule:


Once you've initiated mowing, stick to a regular schedule. Typically, you can start mowing new sod about three to four weeks after installation, depending on how quickly it establishes. Maintain a consistent mowing frequency to promote healthy growth.


7. Avoid Stressful Conditions:


Never mow new sod when it's under stress due to extreme heat or drought. Choose a cooler time of day to mow, such as the early morning or late afternoon, to prevent unnecessary stress on the grass.


Knowing when to mow new sod is essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn. By waiting for root establishment, observing the recommended height, performing the "tug test," and following proper mowing practices, you'll ensure that your new sod thrives and becomes a source of pride for your landscape.


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