Remove sand before laying sod or seeding?

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Old 09-21-13, 04:31 PM
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Remove sand before laying sod or seeding?

We recently removed our pool, and there's about 3" of sand where the pool was. Do we need to remove the sand before we put down topsoil? I don't know yet if we are going to sod or use seed. Thanks.
 
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Old 09-22-13, 04:00 AM
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How much topsoil do you expect to need? Grass doesn't like to grow in sand but if there is enough topsoil you can get by without removing it.
 
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Old 09-22-13, 07:02 AM
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I need to add about 3 inches of topsoil to even the grade. I was told to remove the sand, because if I don't the sand will suck up all the moisture, and the grass will not grow properly. Make sense?
 
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Old 09-22-13, 09:42 AM
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We used to have an above ground pool and I removed some of the sand and added topsoil [mixed in with the sand somewhat] and grass grows ok on it although it will turn brown quicker than other areas of my yard during a dry season.
 
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If possible I would remove most of the sand. Some can be left and tilled in with the soil underneath then top with more topsoil to bring it up to the grade you need. Sand drains quickly and does not hold water and it's inorganic so there's nothing there to sustain grass.
 
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Old 09-22-13, 02:27 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm trying to get rid of the sand via Craigslist, but no takers yet.
 
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Old 09-23-13, 06:07 PM
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When is it too late to plant seed here in S/E Wisconsin? I'm about 25 miles west of Milwaukee. Thanks.
 
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Old 09-24-13, 10:21 AM
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Getting to that point. Rye should still germinate (usually only takes a few days) but bluegrass may not, since it takes about three weeks.
 
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Old 09-24-13, 10:19 PM
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Oh well. I guess I'll have to wait til spring.
 
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