Soil Quality Restoration

A new lawn soil quality restoration is easiest when performed as part of final landscaping with new construction. Deep tillage (8-12 inches deep) breaks up compacted soils. An addition of compost will increase organic matter levels. Recommended levels of 5% or more soil organic matter content can usually be achieved by incorporating 1-3 inches of quality compost into the soil before sodding or seeding.

An Existing Lawn if you wish to improve a landscape with existing turf, you can aerate the soil and apply a surface blanket of compost in the spring or fall. Aerate your lawn with a plug or deep-tine aerator. A common misperception is that aeration itself helps relieve compaction and allows oxygen to permeate down to plant roots. An application of ¼ to ¾ inch of compost is recommended after aeration. This will help fill the aeration holes with organic matter to amend the soil. Eventually the void created by the soil plug will fill in. To have a lasting impact on the health of your lawn, fill the plugs with good quality compost and reseed to get the greatest benefit from core aeration. Compost may be spread onto bare ground or existing lawns in several ways, depending on size of project. It can be blown onto the lawn, applied with a skid loader, or wheel barrow and shovel. Grass seed is normally added with the compost to help fill in patchy turf or seed an area.

Funding is available for select counties, contact All Around Town Outdoor Services to learn more about these programs!