I wonder if someone could give me some advice please? I bought a hom
recently and it had the whole front garden slabbed which i promptly du
up. I laid a nice new path and i want to lay turf at either end of thi
path. I have got a deep base of sharp sand that the old slabs were o
and i was wondering if i can put topsoil and turf on top of this.
have been told the sharp sand will provide good drainage but i am no
so sure and dont want to lay my new garden on this if i am going t
have to tear it up later. If this is a good base how much topsoi
should i use under the turf
Am not a professional, but can only speak from experience. I have a home
along one of Eastern NC's sounds. I get a lot of wash over the bulkhead
from waves generated by both wind and from large boats along the inland
waterway. Had a hard time getting grass started because of the constant
wash. We put sod (Bermuda) over a base of sand and approximately 1" of
topsoil. This has solved our problem well. The sand allows excellent
drainage and the sod has had no trouble getting established. We selected
Bermuda for it's durability and excellent root structure. I can't speak for
how this would have worked with another turf variety.
Ed in NC
I think that the layer of sharp sand will give far too much drainage an
starve the turf of water.
Sharp sand is ideal for adding openess, air and making soil free
draining say in heavy areas. Depending on the surrounding levels
remove most of the sand and dig in the remainder into to top soi
beneath. If you need to add top soil as maybe they have remove
original cover down to clay, then loosen the subsoil and mix with th
remaining sand then add the top soil.
Think of adding one ten litre bucket of sand to a barrow of soil to ge
an idea of the ratio required.
Just a thought, youre certain that its sharp sand and not fine stick
builders sand. Sharp sand is nice and gritty and doesnt stick togethe
when compressed in your hand. Remove lumps of dry morter if the flag
have been laid over piles of cement.
When turf is laid, mix sand with fine sifted soil and fill in th
joints. Dont trim the turf back to your line until your sure the tru
edges have 'taken' or you may get a bit of die back which may distur
your boundary line.
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