Updated: Jun 10, 2020
We have noticed a trend this season for homes that are 1 to 2 years old. Many of the newly constructed homes have lawns that aren't as deep/dark green as others in the area. After a handful of soil tests a pattern emerged indicating two things: 1-nitrogen deficiencies; 2-hard compacted soil.
When discussing options of how to improve the health of your lawn, it's important to understand the current status of your lawn. While looking a yard over and comparing it to others can give some indication as to what may be going on, there is a more scientific way to do so. Soil Testing is a scientific approach to truly quantify the makeup of your soil and identify what it's needs are moving forward.
To complete a soil test, a Twin Creeks Landscape Group Turf Specialist will come to your property and take samples throughout the lawn. Using a core puller device called a soil probe, various samples will be collected. This device helps get an accurate snapshot of your soils makeup where it matters the most, the root zone. Once a thorough sample is gathered, it is sent off to the lab for testing. After the sample is tested, a report is provided and from there we are able to make recommendations toward improving the health and appearance of your lawn.
For the two most common culprits listed above, the steps necessary for improvement are easy. For nitrogen-deficient properties a supplemental fertilization application during cooler months can bump up the nitrogen levels. For lawns that have hard compacted soils, aerating is a base line improvement; but even more beneficial can be a series of soil amendments like Gypsum to help soften the clay and compaction and improve the soil's ability to hold onto and retain moisture.
Just a few extra tips and things to consider if you want your lawn to be even greener and healthier!