View Full Version : "Topsoil" suitable for growing grass?

04-28-2004, 11:22 PM
I do mostly lawncare, not really landscaping. But occasionally have to repair, or establlish new grass in small areas. Hauling loam in my pickup is a pain. What about the 40 lb. bags of topsoil? ($1.47 at Home depot). Would a 2 -3 inch covering be a suitable grass growing medium? Or is there not enough actual loam in it?
Thanks for help.

04-28-2004, 11:25 PM
All that stuff is is swamp muck. If it is a small area use potting mix.

04-29-2004, 12:42 AM
Whats wrong with the soil thats already there? I would just till and maybe add peat moss.

04-29-2004, 01:52 AM

But I would try and ammend and till like mentioned. The existing must be scarified anyways, may as well till.

04-29-2004, 02:31 AM
How many inches of topsoil do yo uneed that is sufficient for the grass / new sod?

3" inches of new topsoil and then you lay new sod.. is 3" sufficient or do you need more so that it doesnt cause much draininage problems

scott in the soo
04-29-2004, 06:25 PM
whenever i do a sod repair job i don't worry too much about what type of soil i am using... sod is pretty hardy and will grow on just about anything,, (literly)

i actually put sod to the test last summer, i had a couple extra rolls from a job i was doing so i decided to see if would grow on my concrete patio. it did. i actually cut it a few times and was greener than most of my competitors lawns..

what a selling point " we can grow grass on concrete "

04-29-2004, 10:51 PM
Till the soil. Add seed. Add fertilizer. Cover with straw. Add water.

04-29-2004, 10:54 PM
I would by bulk screened top soil, thats the best.

04-30-2004, 12:48 AM
but what is topsoil?

I investigated a source of topsoil once, look great, nice in black, took a soil sample, very low cec, and low om, told me it was mostly sand, for $18 a yard!

04-30-2004, 12:51 AM
Most so called topsoil is nothing but scrap mixed with sand,scrap mulch,stone,etc.
The depot stuff turns pretty crusty in a hurry.

04-30-2004, 01:09 AM
yascott in the soo i did that a couple of years ago and i got sod to grow on my concrete patio. just kept it watered it ws evenin the shade.

04-30-2004, 07:12 AM
Hey guys, thanks! (I'm the one that started this thread.) I'll forget haulling loam in my pick-up, I have a small roto-tiller. I'll churn up the sub-soil, rake in some peat moss or potting mix, and in goes the seed. Thank God for Lawnsite!