One of the vital elements of lawn care is knowing when to mow new grass. After all, you don’t want to damage or destroy your burgeoning lawn.
Not only are there appropriate times and conditions for cutting your grass, but there is also a specific way of doing this. All you will require is a little bit of knowledge, patience, and care, and you will be able to mow your way to a beautiful lawn.
Because, after all, taking care of your lawn is one of the most rewarding things you can do. By your own labor, you can turn a plain space into a lush paradise. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to know exactly what to do to achieve this result, so let’s read and find out more!
When to Mow New Grass
After you planted seeds and have grass growing up out of the ground, it may be difficult to keep your hands off it. However, the best kind of lawn care you can provide for your new grass includes not touching it with your mower.
New grass is exceptionally fragile and is apt to be uprooted very easily. If you want to keep a lawn green, you must wait for the grass to take root firmly.
You cannot use the mowing timing of more established grass as a gauge for when to mow new grass. You may have to wait until your lawn is, in your eyes, overgrown and shaggy. However, longer shoots, mean healthier grass.
There are a variety of factors that you should take into account before deciding which is the best time to mow new grass. Not only do you have to wait for the right point in the development of the seedlings, but you also need to be sure that the conditions of the ground and the shoots are perfect. For a healthy mowing, you want everything to be just right.
Waiting for the right time to mow new grass is an exercise in patience. It is necessary that you do nothing until after germination occurs.
Each variety of grass has an optimal growing season:
- For warm-season grass, this is spring.
- For cool-season grass, this is fall.
Assuming you planted your grass in the appropriate timeframe, you will have to wait around eight weeks before your grass is ready to cut. This helps ensure that the roots are deep and healthy enough to survive being mown.
Mowing when you first see green or even a few weeks afterward is going to damage your lawn. It is also going to render useless all your efforts to promote germination.
- Never cut your new grass until it reaches a healthy height.
- This will take time, and your grass may appear too long.
- Nonetheless, it is essential that you supply the roots with the opportunity to take hold and flourish deep in the ground.
What is a healthy height? You can tell how deep the roots have gone by the height of the grass.
- You will want to aim for somewhere around 3 to 3.5 inches.
- If you mow before your grass reaches this height, you will most likely tear up the young shoots with the wheels and the blades of your mower.
- You will also risk packing down the ground, which makes it difficult for the roots to continue growing.
- The consequence of this latter will be brown patches of earth and dead grass instead of the lush lawn you were hoping for.
Mowing wet grass is a bad idea in general, but it is especially unwise to mow wet new grass.
- When the blades are limp and soft, mowing can tear them up and pull them out of the ground.
- Likewise, soft, moist ground releases plants more easily than appropriately dry ground.
- As such, you would be doubling your chances of yanking the grass out by the roots.
- If it rains or you water, it is best to wait 48 hours, so your lawn has time to dry up.
As it is, you will still want to make sure that your grass is properly watered. Using a soaker hose or any other watering system is a good idea.
How to Properly Mow New Grass
It is important that you know not only when to mow new grass, but also how to do it.
- Lawn mower with a sharp blade
- Garden waste bags (optional)
Then, you are all ready to follow these steps:
- Step 1: Measure your grass with a ruler.
- Step 2: Set the height of the mower such that you will cut off only 1/3 of the blade of grass.
- Step 3: Mow slowly and turn gently.
- Step 4: Leave grass cuttings as a source of nutrients for the soil.
- If, however, the grass cuttings are clumping, remove them by placing them into the waste bags.
- If you want shorter grass, mow again the next day.
- In doing so, change your mowing direction and taking off no more than 1/3 of the grass blade.
- Mow only 1/3 of the grass blade.
- This will ensure that only the proper photosynthesis of the grass shoots takes place.
- Keep grass to 2 or 3 inches high so as to choke out weeds and keep the roots cool.
- Otherwise, you might be unconsciously encouraging pests and pathogens infestations.
- It doesn’t matter how carefully you pay attention to the guidelines as to how and when to mow new grass if your blade is not sharp.
- A new lawn cannot stand up against a dull blade.
- If you mowed weeds that were seedings, remove your clippings.
- In doing so, you will make sure that the weeds do not seed themselves again.
A new lawn is an exciting thing to add to your garden. Nonetheless, it requires tender care and quite a lot of attention at the beginning if you don’t want to destroy it.
Your new grass seedlings are delicate things, and unless you know when to mow new grass, you may turn your green into brown.
If you have tips or other things to add to the information above and can offer the benefit of your own experience, please feel free to comment below and impart your knowledge.