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19/08/2014 at 17:59

Just a quick question - we laid some new turf to replace an ugly patio in the middle of the lawn about 3 weeks ago.  Has greened up nicely and looks good - I still have it roped off to prevent dog/kids treading on it.  How long should I protect it for, and when will it be 'safe' to mow?  Thanks xx

19/08/2014 at 18:13

Yes ..with blades set high.  Actually better to,mow than not .

19/08/2014 at 20:32

I leave new laid turf for at least a month before cutting. I find leaving it for a while gives it a chance to settle and put down some extra roots before cutting and then a cut on the highest setting you have on your mower. Grass right now isn't growing as quickly so I'd give it a trim in about a week and then wait another month as growth will soon start to diminish significantly unless we get an Indian summer.

19/08/2014 at 23:06

Hey.  Dave, we WILL get an indian summer.. ,this summer won't go away in a hurry 

20/08/2014 at 07:13

Cutting grass encourages it to "tiller" i.e. send out new shoots sideways, rather than just upwards, thus thickening up your sward. Long grass is generally not a good thing for a lawn.

20/08/2014 at 07:42

Great - thanks for the advice!  Summer has been so fab, I'm definitely up for an Indian one!!

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