When to Mow New Sod

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Mow new sod in a yard once it has a chance to establish roots and has grown 6 to 10 inches. Avoid letting new grass get over a foot tall and then mowing it all down with insight from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing grass. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about when is the best time to mow new sod. So if you live in a new development or you have a new yard delivered, it's cut into squares and put into your lawn. Well, make sure when you get sod that you add at least four or five inches of compost or potting soil underneath it because so many times they put the sod right on top of clay with nothing in between and there's no nutrition and it just dies and then you fertilize it and it doesn't do any good because it still dies. So the best thing that you can do for your sod is put some compost underneath it, lay it down in the spring or the fall and the fall is actually the best time to do it because then it has all winter to get established. And then just let it grow. Now you don't want to let it grow one to two feet long. But you don't want to let it start at only like a couple inches. You want to let it grow and give a chance for the roots to develop. So the best time to mow new sod is after it's been established and it's about six to ten inches long. Never let it get over a foot tall. And then just mow it down, but instead of all the way to the ground, leave at least three or four inches and water it really well if it's the heat of the summer. And that way your new sod will grow really well.