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.
    Mowing Sod

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    Watering Sod

  1. After sod is well rooted (2-6 weeks after installation) water will be necessary if grass starts to wilt during hot days.
  2. Infrequent, deep irrigation is desired over light, shallow sprinklings.