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Old 09-26-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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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?

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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