Frequently Asked Questions
Topdressing is a great way to level a lawn. Applying a thin layer of sand or soil can help level the lawn. Be sure not to apply too much depth at one time if applying on top of an established turf grass. Use the back of a rake or a broom to smooth out the material in small areas. For large topdressed areas, use a drag or a type of smoothing device (old fence, heavy board, etc.) to smooth out the topdressing sand.
Topdressing is the primary method to obtain smooth, firm greens. Light and frequent topdressing is the key with ultradwarf bermuda turf. Light, weekly topdressing 0.01 to 0.02 inches is ideal. Overall, a topdressing application of 2 to 4 times a month during the growing season is expected.
Construction Sand can come from a variety of sources. Some may be a type of natural sand, such as river sand, and others may be a type of crushed granite or limestone. So the sources are usually determined by the local source or quarry. It may also be determined by the bagging facility for big box retailers. However, a good Construction Sand regardless of its source should be screened to remove large particles (gravel) and washed to remove small particles (dust).
Bunker sand ranges in cost significantly. Trucking costs from the mine also impact the cost per ton. However, you can expect to pay on average $12 to $30 per ton plus trucking costs which are generally $10 or more per ton depending on the distance. Some specialty bunker sands cost much more.
The cost of sand depends on the type of sand that you use and the distance of trucking for delivery. Sand suitable for volleyball usually starts at $16 per ton but can range up to $75 per ton with certain specs and delivery included. Either way be prepared to spend more than $1,000 for sand in a volleyball court.
A standard size horse arena will need anywhere from 50 to 300 tons of sand. The biggest determining factor is the dimensions, or size, of the arena and the depth of the footing. Many styles of riding only need 2 to 4 inches of footing for their arena while some need more than 8 inches of depth. You can use are calculator to input your dimensions and preferred depth to calculate the tons that you will need, or call us and we can help.
You can use the same sand for both but they are not the same. Topdressing sand is designed more for the purpose of topdressing turf and the gradation is composed of medium sized particles. The same sand is not optimal for bunkers as it can become unstable and lead to fried egg lies or buried balls (low penetrometer readings). However, your bunker sand should not contain particles that if hit onto the green cause damage (large particles). Bunker sand is designed with more uniform gradation and angular particle shapes.
Manufactured sand is good for certain purposes. It usually is clean and free of large gravel. Manufactured sand is angular and has some fines that allow it to compact well. It can be an economical option for general construction sand.