How soil compaction is harming your lawn PART 2
Lawn disease is a condition in which your lawn doesn’t get the nutrients and elements it requires to thrive and grow well. This can cause more serious problems later on. Lawn diseases such as red thread and rust can quickly take over your property. Both diseases can be controlled with proper maintenance and care. However, it is important to spot them early so that preventative measures can be taken.
If the soil becomes compacted, homeowners may notice a decrease in the lawn’s vibrant green color. Compressed soil can cause grassroots to lose the nutrients they need, which will result in the affected areas looking discolored and diminished.
Poor drainage and puddles
You should be aware of pooling water on your lawn. This is an indication that the soil has become compacted and this can lead to poor drainage. Standing water can lead to waterlogged soils, which can cause stunted growth. You should monitor your lawn’s performance after heavy rainstorms. This will help you determine if drainage has occurred or if the soil is too compacted.
How to Improve Compacted Soil
To prevent and improve compacted soil, proper maintenance and observation are key. Homeowners should be aware of high-traffic areas in their lawns and consider replacing them with pavers or stepping stones. High traffic areas can be improved by being proactive and reducing soil compaction. To reduce soil compaction, homeowners can also use core air aeration and topdressing.
The soil cores are removed from your lawn by this process. They are usually the same size as those taken with a soil probe. The cores that have been removed are left on the lawn to naturally decompose. The cores are removed to allow the soil to breathe and reduce soil compaction. The soil is removed to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the grass’s root systems. It’s a good idea to schedule core aeration on a regular basis if you have soil compaction issues. This will help to eliminate most of your problems.
Topdressing your soil can improve its structure. Topdressing will add valuable nutrients and organic material to your yard. This will prevent soil compaction and help break down excess thatch. It is more likely that soil compaction will occur if the soil is dense, such as clay. After core aeration has been completed, it is recommended to apply a top-dressing of sand-based soil. This will create a soil that is more neutral and less compacted, which will allow your grass to thrive.