The Q&A Archives: Problem lawn area

Question: My daugher took down above ground pool. She is left with sand that the pool rested on & brown stones around edge. When is the best time to seed & how do we get started to plant a lawn where the sand & stones are. She lives in Lake Ronkonkoma ny

Answer: Of course the first step is to remove the stones and some of the sand. It might be tempting to just rototil or dig the sand into the soil but if there's too much your new grass may have a difficult time growing because really sandy soil drains really fast. If the soil doesn't hold enough water, your lawn will not remain green during the summer months. An inch of sand is okay to incorporate into the soil but the rest of the sand should be shoveled or raked out of the area. After that's done, spread a couple of inches of organic matter (compost, etc.) over the sand and rototill everything into the soil. The organic matter will enrich the soil, loosen it, and make a nice seed bed for your lawn. Level the area and overseed with grass seeds, keeping the area moist by watering several times a day. The grass seed should sprout in 7-10 days. It can be difficult to establish a lawn in the summer heat so you may want to wait until late August to plant. This will give the new lawn enough time to establish a good root system before winter weather arrives. Best wishes with your project!

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