Top Soil With Sod?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JB926, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. JB926

    JB926 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 150

    I Have A Yard That We Are Sodding 5000 Sq. Ft. The Yard Is Mostly Sand With Little Dirt And The Ground Is Pretty Level. Should I Put Down Top Soil And If So How Much? Thanks
     
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    As a rule, if the ground has alot of sand in it. We top it with a 1" or 2" layer of top soil or top and peat mix. The peat mix holds moisture better and helps insure the new sod takes.
     
  3. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    A couple inches of compost tilled into the soil will give you the best results. It will improve the moisture holding capacity of the soil and add minerals and nutrients that are lacking. Just adding topsoil on top of the sand creates a layered effect, like a dry birthday cake with butter cream frosting. Once you get through the frosting, the cake is still dry and nasty. With compost you will encourage beneficial micro organisms and earthworm activity which will continually improve the soil.

    Kirk
     

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