Growing Grass over Sandy soil - Knowledgebase Question

Marina, Ca
Question by brandy_truji
November 27, 2010
We have a small backyard with sandy soil. I would like to replace it with grass. How can we get grass in our backyard?


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Answer from NGA
November 27, 2010

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Sandy soil can be both a blessing and a curse. Sandy soil drains well but it doesn't hold nutrients or moisture, which will make your new lawn suffer. The best approach is to amend your sandy soil with compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Organic matter such as compost, aged manure, etc. will help the soil hold nutrients and moisture which will encourage healthy root growth. Begin by removing any vegetation in the area and spreading a four to five inch layer of organic matter over the top of the soil. Dig or rototill it in to a depth of six to eight inches. Rake the area smooth, plant your grass seed or lay your sod, then keep the area well watered. Deep watering will encourage deep root growth which will make your new lawn more drought tolerant come summertime. Best wishes with your new lawn!

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