Improve Soil Quality for a Better Lawn
Date: June 04, 2020
A lush, green lawn can vastly improve a homes’ curb appeal. Thick, healthy grass indicates that the homeowners care enough about the property to invest the time, effort and money to make them beautiful:
- Remove Thatch. Thatch is a tightly knotted layer of leaves, grass roots, stems, and other debris that accumulates between the grass and the soil. Too much thatch can hinder the movement of water, air, and nutrients into the soil. A half-inch of thatch is normal. If thatch gets too thick, it will need to be removed. Dethatching can take place in the summer, fall and winter using a thatching rake.
- Aerate. A lawn aerator will create holes in the soil. This can improve drainage and encourage worms and helpful microorganisms that require oxygen to thrive in the soil. The best time to aerate a lawn is during the growing season when the grass can heal and fill in any holes, such as spring and fall. Aeration can help develop deeper grass roots for a healthier lawn.
- Test and Amend Soil. A great lawn has loamy soil, which has a key ratio of clay, silt, and sand. If the lawn is not yet established, loamy soil can be created and then the grass seeds planted. For established soil, after removing thatch and aerating, top-dressing the lawn can help. This involves adding a thin layer of soil over the lawn. It can improve the soil without killing the existing turf. Ideally it should be done in early fall or spring, as this gives the grass time to grow through three to four mowings before heat or cold sets in.