How do I get grass to grow in an all sand pasture?

by Fjennist
  3 answers
  • Pam Mahony Pam Mahony on Aug 02, 2017

    I live in "Southern Pines" = lots of pine trees = lots of sand which pine trees love. Almost all the pastures around here (including my own) are planted with Bermuda grass (AKA "Coastal Bermuda"). It is great for pastures and rings because it can take a lot of abuse. In the winter when the Bermuda goes dormant, I overseed with winter rye. Sadly, winter rye is an annual so this must be done each September.

  • Cur5181835 Cur5181835 on Aug 02, 2017

    The problem with sandy land is that it doesn't hold moisture (which plants need to re-grow after being cropped) - and 'food' - something besides artificial fertilizers. You need to improve the soil for good grass to grow. Talk to locals (farmers, gardeners, or county extension office) for their suggestions. I'd start by planting rye glass - and then tilling it in when it starts to die off. This adds a bit of compost to your soil - and you can then try planting pasture grasses or hay. Ideally, you should repeat this tilling every spring, to really get good, deep soil...but it would be difficult to do it to the entire pasture at one time. Section your pasture off - and 'work' one section, as above, at a time. Next year, move to another section. Eventually you will have good soil - good grazing - and might even be able to grow hay, bale it, and have 'home-grown' food for winter.

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 03, 2017

    Call your local rangeland manager at government agricultural or wildlife depts. They can tell you the indigenous grasses that will survive without having to put water and fertilizer on it. Most natural grasslands would have fescue grass species.