I have sandy soil and would like some guidelines as to what is the best grass to plant and any suggestions for maintenance. I also didn't know if you have any publications on this topic as I couldn't find anything. Any information you can provide would be very helpful. We are buying a house and I want to also plants some shrubbery and flowers so I want to make sure I am aware of what is best for the area under these conditions.
Wicomico County Maryland
Turf-type tall fescue is the type of cool-season grass recommended for all counties of Maryland. If you have not done so already, submit a sample of your soil to a lab and have it tested for pH, nutrient levels, and organic matter. The ideal pH for lawns is about 5.8-6.5. You can find information about soil testing here: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/soil-testing Your lab report will indicate if lime or other amendments are needed. Proper pH is essential for good lawn growth since it affects nutrient availability.
Two good publications to look at for lawn establishment and care are as follows:
Since you are planting shrubs/flowers into sandy soil, it is a good idea to mix in compost at planting time. Compost improves the structure and water-holding capacity of the soil and also provides a natural source of nutrients.