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Laying turf on sand where slabs used to be - will it grow?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by OasisFan79, 9 Jun 2015.

  1. OasisFan79

    OasisFan79

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    I've lifted some slabs up at the bottom of the garden where I'm planning on laying turf to extend the lawn.

    Underneath the slabs is what I would describe as darkish sand. I dug down about half a foot and it seems to be the same stuff.

    Will turf grow on this? I was thinking about getting a few bags of compost and putting that down first before the turf.

    Any help much appreciated!

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    Sand is low in nutrient and doesn't retain moisture well, so grass might struggle. Rather than compost, I'd get some topsoil and put it down first, try mixing it in with the sand to "dilute" it.
     
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    I would have thought it would dry out and die in summer, assuming it survived at all. I think you really need to dig out most of the sand, and put in top soil. Sand is useful, and you can spread it around beds etc, or thinly over the lawn, and it will be drawn down into the lawn/soil improving drainage. Assuming you don't have a very sandy soil already, in which case it might not be a good idea.
     
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    Great stuff thanks very much
     
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