Growing grass in sand - Knowledgebase Question

Tampa, FL
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?


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Answer from NGA
April 1, 2007

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Mark,

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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