Mowing – Initial Maintenance
CAUTION: Mowing should be frequent enough that no more than 1/3 of the total leaf surface will be removed in any given mowing. Leaving clipping on the lawn by using a “mulching” blade on your mower returns moisture and nutrients to the grass roots, without affecting the thatch layer, and is highly recommended.
- The first mowing should be made after the sod has started to root or when sod pieces cannot be easily pulled up from the soil.
- On the first mowing, be sure to have the mower set high enough to prevent removal of more than 1/3 of the leaf blade, and reduce engine rpm’s to avoid lifting sod.
- If for some reason the lawn becomes bumpy with footprints etc., roll before mowing, but only if sod is rooted. Rolling in cris-cross directions when the soil moisture is medium, will help to smooth lawn surface and prevent “scalping” when mowing.
- After sod is fully rooted, follow normal mowing procedures cutting bluegrass at 1-½ to 2 inches, fescue 2 to 3 inches, alternating directions, collecting clippings and keeping mower blades sharp.
Irrigation – Initial Maintenance
CAUTION: Water should never be applied at rate that is faster than it can be absorbed by the soil.
- After sod is well rooted (2-6 weeks after installation) water will be necessary if grass starts to wilt during hot days.
- Infrequent, deep irrigation is desired over light, shallow sprinklings.