How to Prepare the Soil to Plant Grass in Savannah, Georgia


Because of its 22 park-like city squares, Savannah, Georgia, is known as a garden city. Savannah is located in USDA temperate zone 8b, with mild winters that rarely drop to 15 degrees F. Because Savannah is located along the East Coast, the soil is extremely rich and loamy. That soil and warm costal climate help the live oaks in the Savannah squares flourish and will help your lawn flourish, too The key is in preparing the soil properly.

Step 1

Test for the soil's pH levels. Add amendments as outlined in the soil test.

Step 2

Break up the soil with a garden tiller to a depth of 6 inches. Rake through the soil and remove large debris such as rocks or sticks.

Step 3

Spread soil amendments over the soil to a depth of 4 inches. Mix them with the soil by passing the tiller over the soil again.

Step 4

Smooth out the soil and re-grade it with a rake. Slope the soil gently away from the home with the rake.

Step 5

Water the soil 24 hours before laying sod to ensure that soil is as damp as a wrung-out sponge.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Garden tiller
  • Rake
  • Garden hose
  • Sprinkler


  • Natural Resources Conservation Service: Savannah Soil
  • Grow It: Georgia USDA Hardiness Zone Map
  • Savanah Tourism Bureau: Savannah

Who Can Help

  • University of Georgia: Agricultural & Environmental Services Laboratories
  • University of Georgia: Soil Testing
Keywords: Savannah Georgia lawns, Zone 8 landscaping, Lawn soil preparation

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."