06:06AM | 12/21/02
Member Since: 12/20/02
1 lifetime posts
Moved into a 10 year old home on one acre near the Chesapeake Bay in MD. The grass is very patchy and sand is the main soil that I can observe. Always wanted a nice thick lawn but not sure how to achieve it with this soil. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

Jay J

09:53AM | 12/22/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Zapper55,

First, be SURE you're using grass that's condusive to that type of soil. If you're using Blue Grass, you might as well paint the lawn green because it will never happen.

Assuming you're using the right grass, be sure you're following the feeding / growing instructions. Maybe you're over watering or under watering the lawn. Maybe there's too much sun. Maybe there's too little sun. Be SURE the grass is 'designed' for your growing conditions.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


06:19PM | 02/07/03
Member Since: 02/04/03
5 lifetime posts
Hey, I can sympathize. I was an owner of a landscape design company for 10 years, and have seen this problem many times. If you have sandy soil, then you will have problems for sure. Sand simply lets all the water run and retains no moisture. To grow a healthy lawn, you need a minimum of 4 inches of nice screened topsoil. Warning: The message posted above me mentions growing conditions, and he is right. You must pay attention to these simple details such as: is my yard facing north or south? Is it full sun, partial shade or full shade? Like he said, using Kentucky Blue grass is useless in harsh conditions. Make sure to use a high percentage of RYE grass. This is one of the hardiest ones. My advice to you is: don’t waste tones of resources trying to fix your lawn by aerating your lawn and top dressing or over-seeding. IT WILL BE A TEMPORARY SOLUTION. You have too choices: 1) remove 4 to 6 inches of soil and add some fresh topsoil, then seed or sod. 2) Add 5 to 6 inches on top of the existing soil (if the current grade permits) and seed or sod. I don’t’ recommend the following: aerating and top dressing the lawn will give you temporary results only. In the long run, your water bill will reflect this. Plus, will you will spend many hours slaving away trying to upkeep your property. Choose #1 or #2 and it will be worth it in the long run. BY the way, laying sod may be more expensive, but it’s worth the investment.
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