After seven to ten days of laying turf in spring and summer, the grass should be well enough established to commence mowing. A good way to check is to turn back a corner of the turf. If it is well anchored by roots it is alright to start mowing. For the first cut, make sure that the mower is set at a height to just top the grass. A good rule of thumb is to never remove more than 25% of the total plant. This prevents stress to the plant and if not using a grass box, will reduce the quantity of unsightly and damaging clippings. For the best results mow at least twice weekly during the late spring, once a week during summer (if dry) and early autumn and approximately every ten days, mid to late autumn. Obviously this must be flexible to suit our varied weather conditions. Make sure your mower is maintained and sharp; mowers can damage the grass if not properly maintained.
Mowing is the second most important act of lawn maintenance. You can start mowing at least 10 days after laying turf, providing it can be done without disturbing the rooting process. Most people leave the grass height at around 25mm (1”). Do not mow shorter than this. Doing so will cause significant problems.
The three main points about mowing are:
If you are unsure about the best ways for maintaining your turf after reading this information, have a look at our turf care leaflet or just give the office a call and we can suggest the best advice on maintaining your lawn.