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Jim McC 09-21-2013 06:28 PM

Remove sand before seeding or laying sod?
 
We recently removed our pool, and there's about 3" of sand where the pool was. Do we need to remove the sand before we put down topsoil? I don't know yet if we are going to do sod or seed. Thanks.

Bondo 09-22-2013 06:12 AM

Ayuh,.... Ya need to maintain whatever Grade ya got, whether with dirt or sand don't matter so much,....

PoleCat 09-22-2013 06:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim McC (Post 1244783)
We recently removed our pool, and there's about 3" of sand where the pool was. Do we need to remove the sand before we put down topsoil? I don't know yet if we are going to do sod or seed. Thanks.

I would distribute the sand over the rest of the yard and till it all up and re grade. Then you have a uniform medium so that the new grass won't look different where the pool used to be.

Jim McC 09-22-2013 09:00 AM

Thanks. I was told by someone that I need to remove the sand, because if I don't it will suck up all the moisture, and the grass will not grow properly. Make sense?

PoleCat 09-22-2013 09:15 AM

Some sand is a good thing, promotes aeration. Too much and you have a beach.

oh'mike 09-22-2013 09:44 AM

Remove most of it---roto till what is left into the soil---add more soil to level the area.

Like Pole cat mentioned---the sand will cause the grass to brown out first ---not good.

Fix'n it 09-22-2013 11:03 AM

how big was the pool ?

Jim McC 09-22-2013 04:28 PM

27' diameter. I'm trying to get rid of the sand via Craigslist, but no takers yet.

NegativeTen 09-22-2013 04:52 PM

I had a 25'x50' section that was all sand (about 6" deep) in my yard. I had 3 loads of topsoil brought in, roughly graded, then I tilled it in with all the sand, regraded, and planted seed. That was a few months ago, Bermuda is growing pretty strong (though, so are tons of weeds!). I'm going to reseed this week because there are several patches that the seed didn't last (wind, birds, etc).

I'd till it in, plant and go.

Fairview 09-22-2013 07:00 PM

With enough synthetic fertilizer and water you could have a putting green or remove it, stock-pile and broadcast it on the street this winter. I won't rust your car and the volume is only about 1.7 yards if my math is correct.

Jim McC 09-23-2013 08:05 PM

Thanks guys. When is it too late to plant seed here in S/E Wisconsin? I'm about 25 miles west of Milwaukee. Thanks.

PoleCat 09-24-2013 06:58 AM

Fall is a great time to seed. Freeze thaw cycles work the seed into the soil and spring rains keep it wet when it sprouts.

Jim McC 09-24-2013 10:56 AM

So do I have until late October? Or will that be too cold?

PoleCat 09-25-2013 07:41 AM

There is no too cold. In fact I think I would wait until snow is coming then the seed will be covered and less available to birds.

Jim McC 09-25-2013 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1246247)
There is no too cold. In fact I think I would wait until snow is coming then the seed will be covered and less available to birds.

Really? And the seed will still germinate?


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