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TigerGrad2011
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Sand to level a backyard
Looking to level my backyard and build up in some spots to get the slope correct away from the house. What type of sand should I use and where can I get it?

I used topsoil in one section and all the “bark” was left at the top of the grass after about a week. I figure sand is the best option.


CrawDude
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re: Sand to level a backyard
This brief article should answer your question LINK. Dan Gill is consumer horticulturists (retired) with the LSU AgCenter.

Where can you get it - where do you live? How much do the think you need? 1 cubic yard will cover about 160 sq ft when spread 2 inches thick. You have a pickup? Retail plant nurseries in BR will sell it by the 1/3, 1/2, or 1 yard.


TigerGrad2011
Member since Aug 2016
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Live in East Baton Rouge. Any recommendations on delivery? I will probably need a couple yards with those measurements you gave.


CenlaLowell
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Alexandria, la
Member since Apr 2016
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Probably goi g to end up being river sand. Any dirt hauler can get it. Usually around 100$-120$ a load.


Weekend Warrior79
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Great article. Did not know this.
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Don't forget that trees in the area also will only tolerate about 2 inches of fill over their root systems.


To the OP, I have heard River sand to be the best option. I'm not in BR, but the landscappers I've spoken to told me that if its a lot it may be worth the headache to hire someone that can also spread it with a small bobcat. The price usually isn't that much more, but all you will need to do is worry about grading (and filling their ruts).


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Red Solo Cup
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Make sure you get something similiar to mason sand. It might be a little more expensive than river sand but it will be clean. River sand will bring in torpedograss seeds and usually has rocks in it also.


EveryoneGetsATrophy
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re: Sand to level a backyard
If you have pets, you might want to treat the sand to kill flea's after you spread it. Flea's love sand.


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JJJrich
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Masonary Sand. Please don't use river sand.


sosaysmorvant
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re: Sand to level a backyard
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Make sure you get something similiar to mason sand. It might be a little more expensive than river sand but it will be clean. River sand will bring in torpedograss seeds and usually has rocks in it also.


Mason sand will not support germination. River sand is the way to go.


Red Solo Cup
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re: Sand to level a backyard
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Mason sand will not support germination. River sand is the way to go


I use mason sand to topdress all the time after overseeding fields and have never had this problem.


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CrawDude
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I second the other posters on the mason sand recommendation because of the potential weed issues with river sand, and I know the independent retail nurseries in the south Baton Rouge area sell the mason sand in bulk for this reason.

Many of retail plant nurseries can deliver smaller quantities, but of course you’ll pay the same delivery fee whether it’s 1 yard or 4 yards. If you think you need 2 yards, have 4 yards delivered, if you’re going to have to pay a delivery fee, and you will, then order excess. My experience, you will probably need double what you think, and it’s always easy to spread excess in other areas of the yard.


XanderCrews
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re: Sand to level a backyard
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Make sure you get something similiar to mason sand. It might be a little more expensive than river sand but it will be clean. River sand will bring in torpedograss seeds and usually has rocks in it also.


I 14th this. It sounds like most of us tried the "river sand" route because fricks told us the same thing. Then we spent the next 4 yrs trying to kill torpedo grass out of our yards and would take the perils of whatever the mason sand throws at us.

Take this info as you see fit.


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PillageUrVillage
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re: Sand to level a backyard
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I use mason sand to topdress all the time after overseeding fields and have never had this problem.


Used mason sand to fill a big low spot in my yard last year. After a few months it completely filled in. You’d never even know there was sand there.


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sosaysmorvant
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re: Sand to level a backyard
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Mason sand will not support germination. River sand is the way to go.


Well, maybe I'm not up to speed. When my kids had a sandbox when they were younger, I used masonry sand because someone told me it was sterile & weeds would not grow in it. That was true in my case. The sand was 4-6 inches deep and did not support plant life.

Maybe a thinner layer incorporates better into the natural soil.


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jojothetireguy
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re: Sand to level a backyard
For small fill areas, I did a mix of top soil, Mason sand and manure. Seemed to work well in small batches


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TheBoo
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Anyone know where one can buy masonry sand in bulk in South Louisiana? I've called every nursery, aggregate supplier, and big box store I could think of in the Houma/Thibodaux area and not one sells it by the yard, if at all.


NOFOX
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re: Sand to level a backyard
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Probably goi g to end up being river sand. Any dirt hauler can get it. Usually around 100$-120$ a load.



Great way to get torpedo grass. The previous owner of my house did this and I can never get rid of it all. I hate it with all my being.
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CrawDude
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re: Sand to level a backyard
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Anyone know where one can buy masonry sand in bulk in South Louisiana? I've called every nursery, aggregate supplier, and big box store I could think of in the Houma/Thibodaux area and not one sells it by the yard, if at all.

Try calling some area concrete suppliers and see if they might help you find a bulk source - pretty sure they use it in certain concrete mixes.


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Antib551
Houma, LA
Member since Dec 2018
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Check with CJD Trucking. If he doesnt have it, he may be able to tell you who does.

Also could try Antique Brick on 311. They should be able to tell you where to get a load, if they dont sell it themselves.

If you find a place, post it here. I'm in Houma and my yard's getting a bit lumpy.
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Art Vandelay
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re: Sand to level a backyard
Antique will have what you need. Schriever concrete I think sell sand by the yard.


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