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Grass on the NC coast

Zone Wilmington, NC 28405 | Anonymous added on March 5, 2020 | Answered

I bought a house with a yard full of weeds. For 4 years we have put pre-emergence out, then 10-10-10, then seed or sod. The grass grows green, dies out and nothing comes back up the following year except the weeds. Sandy soil, about a mile from the ocean, even tomatoes will not grow. We run sprinklers 3 days a week as recommended. Any suggestions on what type of grass to grow? I am tired of paying companies for seed and sod, and getting nothing to show for it. Thanks, Greg

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on March 7, 2020

The sand doesn't retain water or nutrients so it's very difficult to sustain plants. In the article below, it recommends putting down at least 6 inches of topsoil before planting grass. Use seed mixes that are mostly hard fescue.
Here is more:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/seaside/seaside-garden-basics.htm

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