How Does Seawater Effect Grass Growth?

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Seawater effects grass growth by poisoning the tips of the grass and drawing out nutrients. Use fresh water to nourish grass with helpful advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardens. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how does sea water effect grass growth. Now, grass will grow almost anywhere. And it doesn't really need a lot of requirements, just some sun and some soil. So if you live near the ocean, or any type of salt water lake, the spray from the salt water can damage the grass. And what happens is that it just gets salt poisoning basically, and the tips of the grass will turn brown. That is a sign of too much salt. So the easiest way to control that is just to add some soil or some compost. And then that way it has some good nutrition. And even at the beach, if you notice, right near the ocean, there's not a lot of grass. But if you get closer to the land area, there's lots of grass, and most of the time that grass is growing in organic material, whether it's wood or bark that's decomposing or any type of foliage that's broken down into some compost. Generally, there is some nutrition. So by just adding some compost to the soil, just a little layer every spring and every fall and grass seeding it, continually adding more grass seed every spring and fall to your grass, you'll find that the salt water won't do as much damage. Because a little bit of mist, or a little bit of salt water really is not going to hurt your grass. But if it's not getting any organic material, any real compost or potting soil or dirt that's giving it nutrition, it will get poisoned just like we would if we had too much salt. So, you can grow grass near the ocean. Just add compost. It's as easy as that.