How to cut grass sod or how to mow grass? Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine answers this question in the video. For help in getting the best grass sod for your project, call us at 281-431-7441.
Summary of How to Cut Grass Sod
– How to cut grass sod? I assume that someone is asking us how to mow the grass? Any mower that you get at Lowe’s and Home Depot would work for most varieties of grass sod. The common type of mower is called a rotary mower, meaning the blade swings around underneath there like this.
The other type of mower is called a reel mower, and they are used on golf courses and nice sports fields. They spin around like this and the blades have more of a scissor cutting effect. Reel mowers are very expensive to buy and very expensive to maintain. So most everybody has the regular rotary style mowers.
Tip One for Cutting Grass Sod – Use a Sharp Blade
I have two tips for cutting grass sod or mowing grass. Number one is keep a sharp blade. If you don’t keep your blade sharp you can damage your grass, and mower blades are relatively inexpensive. At the beginning of every season go buy a new blade. Don’t worry about sharpening a blade. Put a new blade on your mower and unless you’re mowing acreage, one blade for a season is probably going to be fine.
If you don’t use a sharp blade, as that blade is swinging around underneath there, it rips the top of the grass off. You’ll look at the individual blades, and you’ll see a jagged edge across the top instead of a smooth cut. The grass blade tips get brown after a couple of days when they’re left with that jagged edge. When you look out across your lawn, that damage will detract from your lawn’s appearance. If you get that good smooth cut that’s better for the grass and its nicer to look at.
Tip Two for Cutting Grass Sod – Cut Your Grass at Least Weekly
The second thing to remember about cutting the grass is never ever wait more than a week to cut the grass during the growing season. The growing season means the grass is green at all. Ideally, you’ll cut your grass every five days.
A lot of people have yard guys that come only once a week. I understand that but if you cut off more than one third of the leaf tissue, you’ll stress and damage your grass. So if you’ve got a three inch blade of grass you never want to take off more than an inch at one mowing.
You’re going to be raking grass clippings if you mow less than weekly, and that is another thing to consider. You don’t want to leave all that thatch out there. A mulching mower used every five to seven days leaves just a little thatch that settles down in the grass and it gets ground up. Mulch is good because it returns nitrogen to the soil.
However, lots of grass clippings create a big thick thatch layer and that causes all sort of problems. It gives bugs a place to hide and fungus a place to start. Always cut the grass every five to seven days. Never wait any longer than that. It’s very stressful to the grass when you cut less frequently in our Gulf Coast climate.
During the summer time or late spring, if you wait two weeks to mow your grass, your grass is going to be six inches tall. You’re going to have to hack off a bunch of it and that’s real stressful to the grass and creates a lot more work for you. If you can do that every five to seven days you get much better results.
At our grass farm outside of Bay City, where they’re mowing and fertilizing and watering more frequently, the grass is mowed every four days. The big reason for mowing every four days is that the farm is trying to promote the lateral growth of the grass.
It is mowing once a week that is the most important thing. To have a sharp blade and mow once a week. Please check our Tip Sheet for more tips about grass sod installation and care.
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