In this article, we will take you through the essential lawn care tips to mow new grass like an expert who master lawn caring and knows when to mow new grass.
Be it from sown seedbed or freshly laid sod, all new grass is a delicate thing. The top of the list of requirements for developing a healthy lawn is to allow the roots to develop into the surrounding soil without disruption of any kind right after adequate water.
What reduces the stress on the grass roots and ensures a healthier establishment process is holding off on mowing for as long as you can and then tapering the blade reduction over time.
When To Mow New Grass The First Cut?
Let’s answer our main question: When to mow new grass? Even if it will seem like a long period of time, you need to wait until your new grass blades are uniformly at least 3 and a 1/2-inches tall, then you mow them.
Bear in mind that long blades do not require much water, will discourage weed formation during the establishment phase, and as a result allow all of the grass’ energy to be focused on developing drought-resistant, deep, and strong roots.
In the establishment phase, the root development is the largest determinant in the long-term health of the lawn.
In addition, it’s so important not to mow during this phase because it keeps your feet and mower off of the lawn, which is the weight of which can make micro-tears in the growing roots, delaying their establishment.
The Cut-Down Process
Now we know when to mow new grass, so let’s start the cut-down process! Do not take off all of the blade length in one mowing session, if you’re mowing for the first time. In the first mowing pass, make sure to take no more than a third of the length off.
This one method greatly decreases the threat of shock and stress placed on the new roots.
You have to wait at least 3 to 5 days before making a second mowing pass again, you should also make sure you remove no more than a third of the remaining length.
And in each successive mowing, you can lower your mower blade until you reach the desired blade height.
Preparing Equipment To Mow New Grass
It’s particularly important than when to mow new grass or lawn, you always want to cut grass with clean, sharp mower blades. That is to say, new grass is more flexible, tender, and finer than more established grass.
However, dull cutting blades cannot make a clean cut on new grass, and have a tendency to tear and bend, or even pull on the grass blades that can harm the roots and at the tear points invite disease into the blades.
What’s also crucial is that blades have to be clean, because blades with buildup from previous use may harbor disease, or decaying material.
This can get introduced into the fresh cuts on the young lawn, and as a result, spread bacteria and fungus into the new grass.
To wipe down the mower blades, you can use either household isopropyl alcohol, or a bleach solution made of one part bleach and ten parts water on a clean rag or cotton padding.
And to loosen any built up dried material or rust on the blades, you can use a scrub brush.
Otherwise, you can make your mower taken care of by a professional who can both clean and sharpen the cutting blades before embarking on mowing your new grass.
Lawn Care Tips For Spring: How to Seed & Fertilize Your Lawn
The whole turf will be thick, green and welcoming when the new seed is established.
In the spring, you can overseed when the existing turfgrass is still dormant. And mow the lawn so it is closely cropped to the soil. If there are any existing thatch, make sure you remove them with a metal rake.
After that, rake all of the thatch into a pile and put it into plastic yard bags. Then, you need to take the thatch to a green waste dump for recycling.
Spread new grass seed. What makes spreading grass seed evenly and uniformly quite easy are rotary spreaders or drop spreaders. Different spread rates will apply differing amounts of seed to the existing turf.
Apply a starter fertilizer according to package specifications.
Spread a thin (1/8 inch to 1/4 inch) layer of peat moss over the seeded and fertilized turfgrass. The peat moss will help protect the seeds and will help the seeds sprout.
Make sure to keep the turfgrass consistently moist, because the moisture will help the seeds sprout in a timely manner.
Regularly continue watering the turfgrass till the new grass becomes long enough to mow for the first time.
Proper watering is one of the most essential factor in cultivation a gorgeous healthy lawn and the best timing for watering your lawn is early in the morning.
You can then mow the new grass when the blades are long enough that the mower will remove only the top third of the length of the blade.
For the over-seeded lawn, you need to apply another course of fertilizer after six to eight weeks to make sure you’re delivering the needed nutrients to the over-seeded turf. The fertilizer will also help keep the lawn thick and green.