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Old 05-20-2017, 07:39 AM   #1
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I just put down a bunch of San Augustine sod. I've been watering it really good almost everyday. How long should I wait before driving a zero turn on it? I mowed the rest of the property yesterday but didnt touch those areas. It's been down about 6 days.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:42 AM   #2
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Wait about 3 weeks
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:51 AM   #3
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If it were me I would wait until it has caught hold. New grass is stressed enough without adding to that stress. Mine has been down for about 6 weeks and I am only push mower to a while. I too have ZTR but not ready yet. That's just me though.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:54 AM   #4
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If I wait several weeks, will it hurt to knock down the tall spots with the weedeater? I don't even own a push mower. I figured I'd have to wait a bit before driving a mower on it but hate letting it get too tall. I wasn't sure how long it takes to take root. I know it has grown a bit just in 6 days.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:05 AM   #5
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Did you fertilize before putting down the sod? I put down 42 pallets last year and waited about 12 days but mowed it slow on the highest setting the first 2 months. If your soil was broken up and you fertilized, it should be good in 10-15 days
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:07 AM   #6
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Did you fertilize before putting down the sod? I put down 42 pallets last year and waited about 12 days but mowed it slow on the highest setting the first 2 months. If your soil was broken up and you fertilized, it should be good in 10-15 days
I didn't fertilize but the ground is pretty fertile in that area. The ground was fairly broken up with no other vegetation under the new sod.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:11 AM   #7
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Landscape contractors tell the builders and home owners to wait 3 weeks and then use a push mower raised up to knock down the high spots.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:18 AM   #8
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Zero turn? few months
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:03 AM   #9
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I always wait until you can't pull the sod up with your hands and you have backed off of the water enough to drive a mower on it without making ruts.
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Old 05-20-2017, 04:09 PM   #10
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I'd wait a solid month and when you mow, dont do a zero turn on it. Only drive straight across it
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