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Steveromo 09-26-2012 06:50 PM

Grass sod/seed in sandy soil
 
I had a 12x12 patch that was a gravel area and I wanted to make it grass. I gathered up all the stones and lifted a canvas weed-block from the spot, raked it to stir the soil (don't have a tiller,) and planted seed. The first try didn't take (it was mid-summer and lots of 90 degree days.) The second try also didn't take. A heavy rain seemed to wash away the seed and left just the sandy soil. I'm thinking of just buying sod, but I'm afraid that it might also not take. Can I plant seed or sod in a such a fine, sandy soil? (It's mostly brown and looks like soil, but is sandy in texture, with some grey powdery patches.) What should I do to better my chances of success?

user1007 09-30-2012 12:55 PM

The first thing you have to do is properly prep the soil whether trying for a seeded or sod lawn. You cannot just rake the soil. You must till it and this will give you the opportunity to fold in needed amendments.

Sandy soil will require a greater commitment to watering and fertilizing but some turfgrass installations, like those for outdoor concert venues, are planted in such fast draining soil on purpose so it is certainly doable.

pwgsx 10-03-2012 12:09 PM

With any seed, you have to keep it wet. IF the dirt dries out at all, your seed will not sprout. Water a few times a day and you wont have a issue.

Plump 10-03-2012 04:40 PM

Agree with the above 100%. Add compost to the sandy soil to improve its structure. Those little seedlings need to stay moist for a while so make sure to use clean hay or some other seed bed covering (Encap) so help trap moisture. DON'T sod. You'll never like the results.

user1007 10-03-2012 04:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pwgsx (Post 1022897)
With any seed, you have to keep it wet. IF the dirt dries out at all, your seed will not sprout. Water a few times a day and you wont have a issue.

Remember that the germination times of grass seeds are different. Crappy annual rye will sprout almost the second it hits the ground, nice perrennial hybrid rye takes 7-10 days and bluegrasses and fescues 14-21 or more. You have to keep all moist, not wet, for them to do their things.


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