Grass can grow in nearly every type of soil and under most conditions because it is chemically treated to ensure germination. Grass seed likes a loose soil with lots of water. There are many different types of grass, and they all like different conditions. As long as you prepare the soil and provide the necessary ingredients for the seed, you should have a successful lawn.
Choose the best type of grass for the area you will be planting. Some grasses do better in cool climates, while others are more drought resistant and like a hot climates. For sandy soils, bermuda grass is an excellent choice because it grows and spreads rapidly.
Prepare the soil for planting. Use a rake to loosen the soil. This breaks apart any large particles and gets the soil even, making it easier to plant the seed. Remove weeds or other debris that could prevent the seed from taking root.
Add approximately six inches of organic compost that is rich in nitrogen. Peat moss works well. Apply one to three cubic inches of compost per 1,000 feet of soil. After this layer has been applied, test the soil for pH levels. Grass seed likes a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Adjust the pH levels by adding lime if the levels are low and a 20-20-20 fertilizer if the levels are high. Follow the directions on the bag according to the type of fertilizer.
Spread the grass seed over the prepared soil. This should be done at a rate of approximately one pound per 1,000 square feet of soil. Use a rake or a mechanical spreader to provide the most even coverage.
Water your grass immediately after it has been planted. Then, water daily for about 30 minutes, or long enough to allow one inch of water to penetrate the seeds. Continue to water daily until the seeds have germinated and you see growth of grass. You can then cut your watering back to every other day. Sand does not hold water or fertilizer well, so you will need to apply both more frequently than in regular topsoil.
Fertilize your lawn three to four times per year. Use the same 20-20-20 fertilizers that you used when you planted the seed. Test your soil periodically and adjust your fertilizer accordingly. Follow the instructions on your fertilizer bag for application.