Allowing the grass to grow to the correct height before mowing is essential for its future growth. Because? Because if you cut it too short you might damage it and it might never grow back properly. That’s why knowing when to mow is vital.
But all is not serious, as long as you know the first cut height and the recommended cut height for your mix in the future, you will be fine.
We recommend that the ideal height of your lawn is 5-7cm before mowing, and this applies to all of our grass seed mixes. This is simply because if the grass has been able to reach this height, it is viable and grows well, so it can be cut. If it does not reach that height, then it is not established or something is slowing its growth.
Finally, the lush grass refreshes the ambient air on summer days. Fragile shoots need care as they begin to establish themselves in the soil. So when do you start mowing the newly seeded lawn? When mowing the lawn, you should watch the seedlings to make sure you don’t cut them too early with the blades.
If your new lawn or reseeded lawn has reached the golden heights of 2 to 3 inches, it is time to mow it for the first time. Put your mower in the highest position. The goal is to mow the lawn, not to shave the front and back.
WHAT ARE THE GOOD CUTTING TECHNIQUES?
Once you’ve managed to grow a beautiful lawn, you’ll want it to keep growing. Follow the suggestions below to keep your appearance healthy for years to come:
The number one rule to remember when mowing is to keep a sharp blade! Please note that you need to sharpen your blade every 20 working hours. Most hardware stores can do this for you for a nominal fee, and it’s well worth it, as a dull blade can uproot even healthy lawns and completely decimate new growth.
Move slowly and turn gently to avoid pulling new seedlings when mowing new areas of growth. Their roots are still growing and will not have anchored the grass stems to the ground as tightly as mature plants.
Try to mow only when the grass is dry and not after a storm or watering session. Wet grass can break and get tangled causing it to be uprooted, which obviously you don’t want to happen.
As mentioned above, cutting high so as not to disturb the root system and following the rule of promoting a thick, lush lawn will generally ensure a healthy life and respect your green spaces. The advantage of these rules is often that you don’t need to mow that often.
Try to leave the clippings in place until they accumulate. They will return nutrients to the soil and help retain moisture without adding too much to the straw. However, if seeded weeds were present, your best option is to pack the clippings and toss them in compost, or far enough away from your lawn to avoid replanting the weeds.
Timing is essential in determining when to mow new grass. As a general rule, it should take four weeks after the grass seeds germinate before you start mowing the new grass. Grass seedlings lack strong leaf blades that will withstand compaction and pruning. Therefore, the grass should be allowed to gain some strength before mowing. Additionally, new seedlings are still establishing their roots in the soil, so don’t cut too early as this will cause the mower wheels and blades to pull the grass shoots out of the soil, rather than pulling them out to cut.
Mow the lawn properly
Mow properly to avoid serious death. Use a lawn mower with sharp blades to cut dry grass so that the grass does not tear when mowing. Maintain a height of 2-3 inches. Cutting below this range would cause invasive weeds and heat stress to invite pests and pathogens to the newly seeded lawn. Mow in different directions to help the grass stay straight and cut properly. Avoid cutting in one direction, as this will result in settling and compaction of the blades in the soil.
Look at the height
The height of the lawn determines the mowing time. Ready-to-cut shoots are those that have reached a height of 3 to 4 inches. Maintain a moist turf structure as it is necessary for turf establishment. Let the grass dry for 48 hours before mowing it for the first time. Mow only a third of the height of the grass at a time. Mow several times to bring the height to a more manageable 2-3 inch height. Use slow turns when driving the mower across the lawn so that the wheels do not accidentally pinch the grass off the ground.
When your established lawn has bare patches, you may want to consider seeding the bare patches for an even lawn. After that, you can mow the overgrown grass completely avoiding the spots. As the seedlings germinate and grow, apply the same observances of time and height, incorporating them into your cutting. Eventually, your newly planted lawn will blend with the established lawn into a cohesive mix with no signs of past stains.
New lawns need time to establish their roots before they can be pruned for the first time. Seeded lawns can take up to 2 months to be ready to cut. Lawns may need 2-3 weeks after planting before they can be mowed.
Safe strategies for mowing the lawn
You should keep the height of the lawn about 2 to 3 inches tall. This height provides sufficient leaf length for optimal photosynthesis with strong root structures. In general, each cutting session should only remove about a third of the blade’s length at a time to avoid stress. Since your first mowing requires dry grass, your subsequent mows should always be done on dry grass. Wet soil compacts easily under the weight of the mower and the blades do not cut as cleanly when slippery with moisture.
Proper lawn mower maintenance protects your new lawn from damage to the blades. For example, dull mower blades only cut the grass. As a result, the damaged grass becomes susceptible to pathogens and pests. Keep your mower blades sharp for clean cuts across the lawn. As you move the mower into the new lawn, walk and turn slowly for several weeks after the roots have established. Although your lawn is usually rooted, a violent turn of the mower can pull sensitive roots out of the soil and damage part of your lawn.