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Topdressing for poor drainage- maybe 1"+

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassmasterswilson, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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  2. Skipster

    Skipster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If the area is draining poorly because it is an isolated low spot (dimple, swale, etc), why not cut the sod from the area, add soil (similar in texture to what's already in place) to bring the dimple up to grade, then lay the sod back down?

    Topdressing with sand is going to take a long time and many applications to accomplish what you're looking for. If you're considering dumping a lot of sand down at once, you're going to have to put up with the low spot and the ponding until you get into better growing weather.

    Having a sand-filled dimple or low spot doesn't change the problem -- you still have a heavy soil forming a basin from which water doesn't drain quickly and can cause ponding. The sand area just keeps you from seeing the water, but you're still going to have a soggy spot.

    I would stay away from dry wells. They don't seem to be a long-term fix. Without proper construction, you'll have a really wet spot and a really dry spot.

    If the problem is just a low spot that's holding water, maybe raising it with soil (if feasible -- I don't know how big the area is) would be the cheapest, quickest, and most reliable option. You can also do it without active turf growth, so you won't have to put up with that wet low spot for another 5 months.

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