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How To Install SOD

Installing sod is one of the easiest ways to improve your home and enhance your home investment.

OLD RIVER SOD can be installed any month of the year. Special care should be taken during the hot months of the summer to insure the new sod lawn receives adequate water to avoid wilting.

Each roll contains 5 sq. ft. With normal moisture content sod weighs approximately 25 lbs. per roll. One person can install 500 Sq. ft. per hour.

SOIL PREPARATION - Remove all existing weeds and debris from area. In poor soils, amendments and sterilization may be necessary Rototill or loosen soil to a depth of 4 to 6" 


GRADE - Rake area lightly to break-up clods. Grade area so no low spots exist to accumulate water, be sure you have established proper drainage away from house. Roll area lightly and fine grade to a smooth surface. Allow 1" below walks. 


FERTILIZE - Evenly scatter OLD RIVER SOD recommended pre-plant fertilizer over entire area to be sodded. 1 pound per 100 sq. ft. 


SOD INSTALLATION - Begin laying sod in straight lines. Butt edges and seams together tightly without overlapping. Many installers prefer to stagger rows as in laying bricks. Trim curves and free form areas in sod with sharp knife. 


WATER - Begin watering newly installed lawn after first 200 sq. ft. has been put down. DO NOT WAIT until entire lawn has been installed to begin watering. New sod must be kept moist. 


ROLL - After installation and initial watering roll sod lightly to eliminate air pockets and to insure contact between sod and soil 


IRRIGATION - Water new sod at least 2-3 times daily for 1/2 hour during the first 14 days. Make adjustments for extremely hot weather and winds. Lack of water is the most common cause of problems with new lawns. During this critical period sod must be kept wet. 


MAINTENANCE - Heavy traffic during the first two weeks should be avoided. Once the new sod has rooted, generally 10 days to 2 weeks, regular mowing should begin. 



Early one morning . . . 

bare dirt. 


By that afternoon . . . a beautiful lawn! 


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