Soil Preparation Rototiller

With the right care grass will grow just about anywhere. While it is true that sod does establish itself quickly and will adapt to many different environmental conditions, it does not tell us the whole story.

The single most important factor in establishing a new lawn is the soil. If the soil is not prepared properly, even the highest quality sod will have a difficult time establishing itself.  Laying new sod on poor soil will result in a lawn with a shallow root system needing increasing amounts of water and fertilizer.

When basements are dug for new homes the soil is removed and spread over the top of the existing topsoil on the rest of the site. This is commonly referred to as "basement topsoil," and is usually of very poor quality. In addition, the soil on site is heavily compacted due to construction equipment constantly traveling over the site. This leaves a soil that is hard for roots to penetrate and that water will easily run off of. It is no wonder that new home owners can't figure out why their new grass needs to be watered so often.

In order for the grass to develop a deep root system that will need less supplemental water, good soil conditions must be present. This often means improving the existing soil. This should be done by rototilling the soil to a depth of 4 inches or deeper. This will loosen up the soil and allow air and nutrients to flow through the soil particles and be used more efficiently.  To improve the water holding capacity of the soil, 4 yds of organics per 1,000 sq ft of area should be added and rototilled in.

Soil preparation is the most important factor in establishing and maintaining new lawn areas.  Taking the time to improve the soil will result in a lawn that uses less water, is healthier and takes less to maintain.

 

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