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"
- 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.
- Evenly scatter OLD RIVER SOD recommended pre-plant
fertilizer over entire area to be sodded. 1 pound per 100 sq.
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.
- 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.
- After installation and initial watering roll sod lightly to
eliminate air pockets and to insure contact between sod and soil
- 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.
- Heavy traffic during the first two weeks should be avoided. Once
the new sod has rooted, generally 10 days to 2 weeks, regular mowing
Early one morning . . .
By that afternoon . . . a beautiful lawn!