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Old 10-04-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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My husband and I had the this huge above ground pool removed as apart of our deal when we bought this house.. and now we have a huge 24' circle of sand.. and a huge rectangle next to that where the deck was... that is covered in little tiny pebbles. How do we get rid of all of this and plant grass?

The ground is pretty level where the pool was.. I just wasn't sure if or how we could plant grass over the sand... I know we need to remove the rocks from the other area.. I was also wondering if it's ok to start the grass seed process in the fall with temps up and down? Or should we wait until Spring to do it? Any help would be wonderful!!

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I have the same situation. Have you resolved yours regarding planting/growing a lawn in the above ground pool area?

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I have the same situation. Have you resolved yours regarding planting/growing a lawn in the above ground pool area?
We've got the rocks up... no idea on planting over the sand yet. We are really wanting to not spend too much money.. I'm hoping we can get it figured out.
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Thank you for your response. I removed the surrounding stones as well. What a job. My pool was 24' as also. There was so much sand I decided to cover it with soil. I got 1 yard of top soil ($50) and it provided about 2" of cover plus I had to keep it somewhat level with the rest of my yard. If you had rain I am sure you had a major puddle of water. I planted seed and grass did grow in various areas. We had a very hot summer and water restrictions were in place. As a result what little grass did grow died. My plan is to manually aerate the area, seed, and cover with a soil - compost mix ($50). Hopefully autumn will provided the conditions to grow grass. Keep me posted of your progress.I don't want to spend a lot of money.
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Just guessing here, but it seems like you'd want to remove all that sand and fill with dirt. 2" of topsoil won't give your grass much root growth. But, I could totally be wrong!
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Thank you for your response. I removed the surrounding stones as well. What a job. My pool was 24' as also. There was so much sand I decided to cover it with soil. I got 1 yard of top soil ($50) and it provided about 2" of cover plus I had to keep it somewhat level with the rest of my yard. If you had rain I am sure you had a major puddle of water. I planted seed and grass did grow in various areas. We had a very hot summer and water restrictions were in place. As a result what little grass did grow died. My plan is to manually aerate the area, seed, and cover with a soil - compost mix ($50). Hopefully autumn will provided the conditions to grow grass. Keep me posted of your progress.I don't want to spend a lot of money.
Well.. I was talking to some people at work.. and I think I'm gonna try their suggestions. I've had a few people tell me to take the shovel and try to kind of dig down to the real soil under the sand and kinda mix it up.. and just do this all over... and mix the sand with the soil.. smooth it out.. then add a layer of fresh topsoil... and some compost then put the grass seed out.. cover with straw and use a sprinkler and water it often.

I'm not sure where you live.. but I live in Indiana and I've been told by several this is the perfect time to do it... just have to get it done before the end of October. It's been really dry here.. so I will have to water it a lot. One girl here said she had to do that and it worked well.. mixing the soil with the sand.
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Thanks for your message. Removing the sand was my original plan even though there is a lot of sand. I'd say there was 2 plus tons. I have a neighbor who owns a fairly large landscape business. His recommendation was to cover the sand with soil. I also had a few other landscapers take a look to give me an estimate. They were going to remove the stones that were around the pool area and deck and cover the sand. Estimates were around $1,100. I could add more soil to the area.
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Thanks for the recommendation. Autumn is the "best" time to plant grass. I live in South Jersey.
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where the rocks were.. we just use a wheel barrel and we dumped them behind our shed temporarily. It's good dirt under where those were... so it shouldn't take much. The circle is my biggest concern. I think there is about 4" of sand.. from when we looked.
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I had sand left from a prior pool at my last house
I dug some of the sand out to re-use under the hot tub pad
Then more under a walkway/patio
Then I dumped a few inches of soil over what was left & planted grass

I also planted in the fall, reseeded the back yard
Grass grew great




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Looks great!
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I had sand left from a prior pool at my last house
I dug some of the sand out to re-use under the hot tub pad
Then more under a walkway/patio
Then I dumped a few inches of sand over what was left & planted grass

I also planted in the fall, reseeded the back yard
Grass grew great



wow.. that looks great... You just planted grass directly over the sand?? What kind of grass seed did you use?
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No I put down soil
That's when I knew I was a homeowner....I bought dirt
It was ~14 years ago....not sure what seed I bought
I kept it watered
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ok.. so you said sand.. you meant soil. How much would that cost us? Can you even attempt to plant it over the sand. I don't think my idea to mix it is going to work. We went out there this evening and were trying to dig it up to get down to the soil.. and the sand is about 4 inches, then we thought we ran into soil.. but nooo it looks more like clay!! And we dug and dug and never found the end of it. Probably about another foot we dug.. this is only in the circle where the pool was.... the area with the rocks was fine... it's all soil.. however we did dig up a few stones in that area. Not sure why stones were buried in the ground. My husband thought for sure it was soil and not clay.. and I dug up a little in the area where the regular soil was and showed him the difference.. but I don't know. There's no way we are gonna get this done right.. if that's clay and you can't plant grass there because It is probably more than 2 feet deep... that would take way too much dirt to fill it in.
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Oops...no I meant dirt
I think it was maybe $100 for the dirt
I had another area I needed to fill in too
Truck backed up & dumped it & I spread it out
I'd say maybe 3-4" of dirt
I have grass grow in very rocky soil
As long as water will not sit long term & rot the roots you should be OK
Digging one hole down thru the clay to soil would allow water to drain

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