Grass and sand - Knowledgebase Question

Gillespie, Il
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Question by debbiew17
March 30, 2009
Is there any type of grass that will grow in dirt that has a high level of sand in it?

Answer from NGA
March 30, 2009
Ryegrass is probably your best option. The trouble with sandy soil is that it drains too quickly and does not hold the nutrients grass needs to thrive. You can improve the situation if you incorporate lots of organic matter into the soil prior to seeding your lawn. The organic matter will help sandy soils retain moisture for a longer period of time and will also provide some nutrients to the roots of the turf. Ryegrass is the most tolerant of sandy soils but you will still need to water and feed more often than if you grew grass on improved soils. Best wishes with your lawn.

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