Sod – Sandy Soil

Q: I just moved to southeast Georgia and the soil in my backyard is pretty much the consistency of beach sand. Should I apply some type of top soil before planting sod?

A: I think that any soil conditioner you add will be a plus for the sod. Sandy soil drains quickly after rainfall or irrigation. You have to really be observant to know when to water when the weather is hot. Tilling soil conditioner into the soil first is like adding an underground water reservoir, allowing the grass to go longer between waterings. Go online to find a company that delivers soil conditioner in your part of the state. Measure the lawn area before you call them so you can calculate how much material will be needed.

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