Brand new Lawn, Bringing in soil etc, Should I rototill?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by l&slawncare1990, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. l&slawncare1990

    l&slawncare1990 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    I have a rear lawn that is on a slight hill. the top layer is sandy and the perimeter of the lawn has all pine trees. As of right now there is absolutely no grass. I need to know if I should till the roil before I bring in new loam and also how thick I should bring in soil. Thanks
  2. Gmgbo

    Gmgbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    I would till first, bring soil in, and then till the new soil in. I would also do a soil test to see home much lime you need.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Since it is sand and you are being paid, you can probably get by with just tilling the topsoil in rathr than a pretill. just be sure that you are getting a heavy loam to mix with you sand, otherwise you may as well just mix in the compost. But I'm sure you knew that already... :)
  4. l&slawncare1990

    l&slawncare1990 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    Well the way it is. Its a newer home a few yrs old and when built there was loam brought in. It has gone to **** and it looks like dry sand on top if you dig it an inch it looks like pretty good soil. I need to know if I should till it forst of bring in the 4-6 inches of new soil and leave it be.
  5. TurnerLawn&Landscape

    TurnerLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
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