The purpose of soil is a medium for plant growth. It purifies and stores water for later usage. It’s a modifier for earth’s atmosphere and acts as habitat for many beneficial organisms.
Soil is the foundation for healthy grass. Most homes come with less-than-ideal soils. Improving your soil is the number one thing you can do to improve your lawn. It doesn’t matter whether you start with sandy loose soil, or you have heavy clay soil you can improve either case by adding soil amendments.
A soil amendment or soil conditioner is a product which is added to soil to improve its physical qualities, usually its fertility (ability to provide nutrition for plants) and sometimes its mechanics (fluids and particles). Not only can most soils be improved, but they also usually need to be improved to get the maximum results. Soil amendments can be used to improve poor soils, or to rebuild soils which have been damaged by improper soil management. They can make poor soils more usable and can be used to maintain soils in peak condition.
If your lawn is already established, improving soil quality is more challenging than if you are growing a new lawn. To boost the health and appearance of an existing lawn, follow these tips on how to improve soil quality.
I will be posting more articles about soils and amendments. They will explain the different soil types and the amendments you can add to improve the structure, drainage and moisture retention of your soil.
Thank you and may your lawn be as healthy, green and weed free.