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May 9, 2020 9:57 AM CST
Long Island, NY
Hi,

I have an area of my yard that the previous homeowner turned into a volleyball court with 1'+ depth of sand. It is a big area (+/- 2,500 Sq. Ft.) that would be expensive to remove the sand and backfill with soil.

We would like to use the area for planting, starting with some fruit trees. Would digging a very large hole and filling in with soil work? Should we line the hole with fabric to prevent the sand and soil from mixing? Or is there another idea?

We also are thinking of turning some of the area into mulched landscape areas by buildign up some berms with soil. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks so much,
Chris
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May 10, 2020 1:05 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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The sand is only 8 to 12inches or less deep, right? It that's the case you can plant trees and shrubs, just pull back the sand and hit the top soil below. Also anywhere you want to enrich the sand, just add bags of compost or composted cow manure. Use a bag ever 4 square ft and work it in the sand turning it often. Its not a good choice to add amendments to the tree or shrub hole because they will bathtub grow meaning the roots will never leave the hole. Top dress the sand yearly and you can turn the sand into sandy loam to grow almost anything. Its like investing in the future by adding compost every year to the sand. It takes time even years to build super soil. Good luck
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May 10, 2020 6:34 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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I'm in the sandhills... There is such a thing... matter of fact, there are a number of similar sandhills in several parts of the country!

I grow stuff...

With the decent rain you all get in New York state... shouldn't be that difficult.

Avoid the temptation to amend only the planting hole.

if you were to bring in a dumpload of something like mushroom compost or the compost the city produces, and spread that over the site... things would grow fine. buying bags of manure? seems expensive!

If you went in and double dug the entire area... that would be another approach.
When planting... It always works best to work the soil of the entire patch rather than attempting to grow stuff that you only dug a small planting hole for...

The whole world is looking for a short-cut... dig a 50 cent hole, get 50 cent results.
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