Sodding old sand box

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by wints76, May 18, 2010.

  1. wints76

    wints76 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14


    I have a client that has requested to sod over an old sand box and am curious if I need to remove most of the sand or if I can mix in some black dirt,etc?

    Any info helpful
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    If it's a lot then I would remove most of it and whatever is left I would just turn into the soil and call it good.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Is the sandbox built in-ground or is it raised up and above ground?
  4. wints76

    wints76 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    It is flush with the grass.
  5. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Remove all sand and put top soil in or it won't grow, trust me! Happend in my parents yard
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  6. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Definitely get the majority of the sand out....not 100% but 80-90... Fill it all in with decent topsoil or a soil mix. Pack it well so it doesn't settle but not too well spo that you compact the new soils. A little sand mixed in will be good! Too much and your new grass will fry.
  7. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 780

    The lawn will grow... but what will happen is that area will always look different. That area will dry out much faster with the sand it in, and it will also leach fert apps much faster. While the rest of the lawn is lush and green, this area will always be more yellow unless you remove ALL the sand.

    Its your reputation. But, I would remove ALL of it.

    Also, here in Wisconsin our soils have a lot of clay in them. If that's true in your area remember this rule:

    Adding Sand into clay can make it have an cement-like reaction.
  8. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Good advice as I was reading the post...........the same thing popped into my head from all the dead areas in August that happen from dry conditions. Anything suspended such as sand with soil on top will only dry out faster. Good call!!!!!!!! The only way to eliminate this is to take out 90% of the sand and add the top soil. We use sandy loam all the time and dry conditions do happen from its use.
  9. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    west coast of florida your entire yard is a sand box:laugh: Not good in Minnesota though.......remove it.

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