There are many different types of sand available for construction and landscaping projects in and around Towson. It can be a daunting prospect to choose a type of sand for your task. Masonry sand is a popular type of sand that is used for construction, landscaping, and—you guessed it—masonry applications. When many people think of masonry sand, they think of its use as an ingredient in concrete and mortar or as an option for paver fill. Here are four interesting uses for masonry sand on your Towson property.
1. Sandboxes or Volleyball Courts
Because masonry sand is a washed sand with fine-to-medium particle size, it is popular for use in many different applications. One such application is in sandboxes, playgrounds, and volleyball courts. It is a cost-effective material that is great for digging, playing, and running or jumping on. While volleyball courts consist of a few other elements like poles and nets, sandboxes can be created in virtually any space and on any scale. You can design a large in-ground sand pit for your school or daycare, or you can simply throw some sand in a premade plastic sandbox.
2. Horse Arenas
Masonry sand isn’t just for kids—horses love it too! When mixed with a stabilizing binder, masonry sand can make a great surface for different equestrian events. It is very economical as far as footing materials go, and can be mixed with various additives to increase stability and traction for horses. Horse arena footing is a very complex subject, so you should know what activities the arena will be used for in advance and be prepared to consult a professional before purchasing footing materials.
When grass is grown on soil that has too much clay, the lawn can have issues with compaction, drainage, and growth. To help combat this problem, landscapers utilize a procedure called “topdressing.” Topdressing is performed by aerating grass and then spreading masonry sand on the surface of the lawn and into the holes created by core aeration.
4. Golf Courses
Golf courses have many applications for masonry sand, including sand traps and topdressing for turf. When choosing sand for sand traps, many factors should be considered. These include particle size and shape, the amount of clay or silt in the sand, and the color. Masonry sand has been an old standby for sand trap fill material, and it may be your best choice when refilling or designing a new sand trap.
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