5 Surprising Uses for Sand

Sand is an excellent way to improve the look and feel of your property. There are several creative ways to use sand. Sand is generally an affordable material that is easy to work with, which is why so many people enjoy working with sand on their projects.

Below are a few surprising uses for sand that you can explore. Find out which ones might be right for your property.

Flower Bed Drainage

Flower beds need drainage, and sand is a great way to make it happen. You can use sand to prevent soil from eroding, while also creating passageways for the flow of your water. Explore different colors of sand that can help you to maintain an aesthetic that will work with the colors of your garden.

Water Features

Sand and water go hand in hand. If you have any water features, such as a small pond or pool, sand is a great way to take your look to the next level. 

A Fun Sandbox

A sandbox can be the perfect type of addition to a backyard. Sandboxes provide kids with a way to play in the dirt without getting muddy or too dirty. Once they stand up, most of the sand will fall away and they’ll be ready to go. You can enjoy a plastic sandbox that can be emptied out yearly or build a custom one from scratch. All you need to make a sandbox are some wood and a few bags of sand.

A Customized Walkway

Having a custom sand path that takes you from one section of the yard to the next will add visual appeal to your backyard. Some homeowners choose to use simple sand for their walkways. Others opt to use sand as a base layer, placing larger stepping stones across the top of the sand for a more solid path that still has a solid level of drainage.


This might not be the most fun item on this list, but it can be quite important to anyone looking to level out their backyard. As an affordable fill material, sand is often used to fill in low spots, especially when you plan to install a feature, like a shed or a fire pit in a certain corner of your yard.

Whether you’re looking to add a new fun place for kids or you want to make your water features more enticing, sand has many interesting uses that you can explore. It’s a cost-effective material that can aid in many of your projects.

If you’re in need of sand for your projects, contact us right away! At Tigard Sand and Gravel, we’re experts in hardscaping elements.