One of the benefits of Los Angeles area living is access to beautiful beaches. However, this can come with challenges – sand can be detrimental to your landscaping. Sand can also be found around recent construction sites in your yard or neighborhood. Like many others in Pasadena, sand can be incredibly frustrating if you have worked hard to create your perfect landscaping. Here are some tips on how to prevent sand from ruining your landscaping.
Prevent Sand from Ruining Your Landscaping
Why Sand is a Struggle
Sand does not contain any nutrients, meaning sand on your grass reduces fertility. In sandy regions, a thin sand layer might form on top of the lawn. Sometimes these top dressings are even man-made, such as on golf courses. However, for lawn use, it is crucial to remove this sand and replace this top dressing with fine compost. Sandy grass will eventually kill your beautiful lawn.
How to Remove Sand
Although there is no easy way to remove sand, it is best to begin removing it as soon as it starts to collect. Raking and sweeping can be effective for small amounts of sand. If your problem is more serious and you have sturdy grass, you can use a pressure hose or power washer to remove sand. In the direst of cases, some areas of grass may have to be removed with a sod cutter. You or your landscaping team must remove the sand down to the root level, have the area regraded, and then reinstall the lawn.
Prevent Sand Struggles
Protect your yard from construction sand and dirt by installing a silt fence. Although unsightly, a silt fence creates a barrier, protecting your yard from wind-blown sand or spillage from construction sites. Silt fences are temporary installations and should only be used to decrease the damage of active projects, not as a long-term solution.
Preventing sand build-up around important landscaping features is crucial. Shovel sand away from trees and plants to ensure they get the nutrients they need. Sand accumulation around irrigation systems and sprinklers can cause serious damage to their functionality, resulting in expensive repairs.
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