How do I turn sandy ground into ground ready for plants/grass?


We have mostly sand for our back yard.If I truck in topsoil, will it just wash away when it rains?

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  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Aug 04, 2018

    Pj, I had a similar problem, but mine was putting topsoil on top of clay soil. After I had 8 inches of topsoil delivered, I had the landscaper mix the topsoil up with a couple of layers of the clay soil with a good amount of sand mixed in. If I didn't do that, the topsoil would all run off after a few good rains. Now I have great soil that drains.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Aug 04, 2018

    This is just one list of plants that grow in sandy soil that I found on Google.

    Not everyone in beach towns supplements their soil. There are roses that flourish at the beach and in the desert.

    Dont make yourself crazy

    • Pj Tripolone Pj Tripolone on Aug 09, 2018

      I’m trying not to get crazy, lol. I just want a nice yard. We live in northeast Tx within a couple miles from a lake and I’m told that’s why we have sandy soil but I really want green grass and flowering bushes, doggone it!😁

  • Why would it wash away?

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Aug 09, 2018

    Go to the experts. Every county in this country has an agricultural Extension Service as well as Master Gardeners.

    Google for extension service, including your zip. They are all experts of a sort, understanding your soil and weather conditions. Cry help! Experts love to give good advice.

  • Sagree Govender Lessmann Sagree Govender Lessmann on Aug 09, 2018

    Hi PJ So here is something that I was astounded by when I came to Florida, about five years ago. I saw all this sand, and said, wow! and How? So our county has free mulch, and enhanced dirt, basically, all the yard waste and sand , and who knows what else, is available at our local recycle center. So when we ordered the truck loads of mulch, I had no idea it was 3 big dumpster size loads, wow, yes :) So we got 2 instead. Yes, the mulch was free, but the delivery cost a little ($50). I have to say, this was not all mulch, and this is where the enhanced dirt came by. It seems that the recycle center mix up stuff, not sure what is all in there, but boy was it good. All biodegradable too! So, I saw, dirt, mulch mixed up, and this did the trick. I have good top layer building up all the time, with constant mulching, I still see sand, but whatever grows around the landscape, love the sand and dirt, and mulch mixed in! My tip: don't see sand as a deterrent, see it as part of your landscape

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