The frequency of mowing is really determined by how fast your sod grass is growing. Remember the rule of thumb, "never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf". If you don't want to mow often, keep your mowing height up and your fertility down. This will produce a sod grass lawn that grows slower and requires less maintenance. If you want a highly manicured look, mow it lower, fertilize it frequently, and mow it frequently.

  • A Latitude 36 sod lawn mowed below 1/2 of an inch may have to be mowed every 2-3 days.
  • A Performance Tall Fescue sod lawn mowed at 2 inches may only have to be mowed once every 7-10 days.

New sod– Your first mowing should begin after your new sod has been established for one week. At this point, you will begin cutting back your water, and the ground will be firm enough to mow without leaving ruts or wheel marks from your lawn mower. Your first mowing should not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf, and your mower blade must be sharp. If your mower blade is not sharp, it will pull instead of cut, leaving yellow scalped areas in your new lawn.

Mowing Equipment

Electric or Gas Reel Mowers– A gas or electric reel mower typically has 7 or 10 blades, and is used to mow grass lower than 3⁄4 of an inch. These mowers tend to cost more up front and they require more maintenance. However, they give you the best quality cut and can mow as low as 1⁄4 of an inch. A reel mower is ideal for any type of grass.

Rotary Push Mowers– A rotary mower, also known as a push mower, is commonly used to mow lawn between 3⁄4 and 3 inches. These mowers are very durable, inexpensive, and fast. The drawback to a rotary mower is that they will not produce a quality cut like a reel mower, and cannot mow below 3⁄4 of an inch. Rotary mowers are ideal for Performance Tall Fescue, Aloha Paspalum, and Performance St. Augustine.