poor drainage with bermuda grass - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sammar60
May 12, 2010
can sand help with poor drainage on bermuda grass.Do I use play sand or all purpose sand. I have areas where water just settles and doesn't soak in. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
May 12, 2010


I'd rent a core aerator to remedy the problem. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand (builder's sand, not play sand) or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. Aerating will take care of the compaction that causes poor drainage.

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