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Old 04-28-2004, 11:22 PM
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"Topsoil" suitable for growing grass?

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?
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Old 04-28-2004, 11:25 PM
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All that stuff is is swamp muck. If it is a small area use potting mix.
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Old 04-29-2004, 12:42 AM
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Whats wrong with the soil thats already there? I would just till and maybe add peat moss.
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Old 04-29-2004, 01:52 AM
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Yes.

But I would try and ammend and till like mentioned. The existing must be scarified anyways, may as well till.
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:31 AM
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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
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:25 PM
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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 "
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Old 04-29-2004, 10:51 PM
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Till the soil. Add seed. Add fertilizer. Cover with straw. Add water.
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Old 04-29-2004, 10:54 PM
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I would by bulk screened top soil, thats the best.
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Old 04-30-2004, 12:48 AM
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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!
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Old 04-30-2004, 12:51 AM
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Most so called topsoil is nothing but scrap mixed with sand,scrap mulch,stone,etc.
The depot stuff turns pretty crusty in a hurry.
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