How to grow lawn in the desert - Knowledgebase Question

Redondo Beach, Ca
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Question by rosemreese
July 7, 2010
I live in the Antelope Valley. My yard is all sand and I want to grow grass. Questions:
What ammendments do I have to use to get good soil?
Is summertime okay to start a lawn?

Answer from NGA
July 7, 2010
The cooler months of fall and spring are best for establishing a new lawn unless you are putting down sod. Since sod has a mature root system it will establish quickly as long as you keep it well watered. While grass will grow on pure sand, you'll need to water quite often because sand drains almost immediately. You can amend your soil with compost or other organic matter or you can import some top soil and mix it into your native soil prior to installing your sod or sowing your grass seeds. Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grasses will both grow well in the Antelope Valley area. Good luck with your new lawn.

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