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Question: Ive had sod put in about the middle of june and we were told by our landscapers that we were not to cut our grass until august but our grass is growing ridiculously long now is it safe to cut already! Please help sincerely carolyn steed

Answer: Mow your lawn as soon as the new sod is well rooted enough to permit the mower traffic without damage. It should be well rooted within 3-4 weeks of laying. Allowing the new grass to become too tall is detrimental and can result in loss of some of the new stand. Always set the mower at 3 inches or above and mow frequently enough that you never remove more than one inch at a time. Keep mower blades sharp for the cleanest, safest cut. Lawns cut with dull blades loose moisture more rapidly, are more subject to disease, and take on a lighter, almost grayish cast. This comes from the shredded ends of the grass blades drying out and turning a pale brown in the sun. Best wishes with your new sod.

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