Growing grass in sand - Knowledgebase Question

Tampa, FL
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Question by mparisoff
April 1, 2007
I moved to tampa about a year ago to a yard with sand so deep & dry that it won't even grow weeds. I was able to get grass to sprout, but you could't water it enough to keep it alive. I put sod down, but the same thing. Between the drought & the water restrictions nothing can live. Is there something that I can mix into the sand that will help it retain moisture?

Answer from NGA
April 1, 2007

Compost is probably the only practical option for increasing the water holding capacity of the turf area. I suggest adding a few inches and mixing it in as deeply as a rototiller will go. If you can bring in some soil with a more loamy texture that would also be very helpful.

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