How to Grow Grass on Sandy Ground


Living ground covers, such as grass plants, guard against soil erosion and provide a soft surface for family activities and pets. Many varieties of grass grow naturally along roadways and riverbanks in areas with suitable climates and soils. However, some types of soils, such as sandy compositions, create difficulty for homeowners. Some varieties of grass tolerate dry or sandy soils better than other varieties. Grow an attractive lawn on your sandy soil by selecting the correct variety of grass and providing essential care.

Step 1

Remove all of the existing vegetation from your planting site before amending your sandy soil. Pull out large weeds and brush. Dig out root systems to ensure a lawn site free of weeds. Toss out any rocks or other debris that you find on your site.

Step 2

Mix equal amounts of mulch and compost. Spread a 2-inch deep layer of this mixture over the surface of your sandy soil. Use your tiller to work these amendments into your topsoil, forming a nutritious planting medium. Rake the soil to create a smooth seedbed.

Step 3

Broadcast your grass seed over the prepared bed. Plant seed mixes that contain several varieties of grass seeds, including sand-tolerant types, such as sheep fescue and tall fescue. Use this type of mix to quickly establish a green lawn and enjoy healthy grass for years to come. Press the broadcast seeds into the soil with a seed roller to ensure good soil-to-seed contact.

Step 4

Water your new lawn seed to maintain an even level of moisture throughout your planting site during the germination period. Depending on your climate and location, you may need to water several times each day to keep the soil evenly damp.

Step 5

Reduce the frequency of watering as your grass begins to grow. Apply more water during each session to encourage deep root formation. Check your soil frequently to ensure dampness near the level of the roots. Your mature lawn may require about 2 inches of water each week.

Step 6

Mow your lawn to the longest height recommended for your variety of grass. Grass in sandy soils requires more water when kept very short. Encourage a healthy lawn by cutting no more than one-fourth to one-third of the overall length of the grass blades during each cutting.

Step 7

Fertilize your yard annually to provide nutrients to the grass growing in your sandy soil. Apply a nitrogen fertilizer evenly over your entire lawn after the grass turns completely green in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch
  • Compost
  • Seed roller
  • Water
  • Lawn mower
  • Fertilizer


  • University of Kentucky: Lawn Establishment in Kentucky
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Ground Covers for Rough Sites
  • "Sustainable Soils"; Benjamin Wolf and George H. Snyder; 2003
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