Using sand to fill lawn depressions

QuestionsHow to growLawnsSoil PreparationUsing sand to fill lawn depressions
Niall Brady asked 14 years ago

I have a large wet area on my lawn and I am currently draining it and this morning after all the rain the trenches seem to be working although i have no pipe or stone in yet.All the grass is dead from water lying on the ground all winter.The problem is the soil is very poor and the tracks left by my ride-on mower were still full of water right next to the drains as the soakage is bad.Will using builders sand fill in these tracks mixed with a little moss peat (sprinkled with grass seed later) or will it just cake into a cement like substance?I was then planning on aerating the soil when i have all done. Regards, Brad

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 5 years ago
Filling shallow depressions with sand will not make any difference. Smack the raised edges of the tracks hard with a shovel and fill any remaining ruts with ordinary soil and re-sow with some seed, or simply allow the grass to grow in from the sides.

Drains will help and will improve with time. It is likely that a compaction pan was created which is preventing surface drainage.