Is Soil Compaction Killing Your Lawn?
April 16, 2019
Soil compaction is a big lawn killer in DFW. This is due in part to our heavy clay soils, along with added foot & vehicle traffic, construction, extensive use of leaf blowers, and the heavy rains we so frequently experience. All of these take a toll on the health of your soil and lawn.
When soil is compacted, important microbes cannot survive and thrive to break down organic matter into the nutrients that your lawn and plants need.
When soil compaction in a lawn becomes serious, it can cause a whole host of problems, such as:
- Fungal diseases
- Reduced penetration of water and air into the soil
- Reduced resistance to pests
- Shallow and diseased root systems
- Excess thatch build-up
- Increased weed presence
- Root death
Repairing a Damaged Lawn
When a lawn goes into decline, there are several techniques often used to repair it:
Core aeration removes small soil plugs to the lawn surface to break down over time. This process allows air and water to lawn roots and brings microbes to the surface to break down thatch. Core aeration does help to reduce the impact of soil compaction, but it needs to be done at least a couple times per year to be effective. Results are typically slow and cumulative over time with repeated treatments. Many homeowners don’t like the mess core aeration leaves on the lawn.
De-thatching uses equipment with special blades to cut and strip the thatch layer of the lawn. De-thatching can also be beneficial, but it can also be very tough on the lawn and it doesn’t address soil compaction.
Total lawn replacement or renovation is another option when the lawn has declined severely, but we’re sure you’d like to avoid having to replace your entire lawn! Plus, replacing the lawn doesn’t typically address the soil compaction that probably caused the lawn to decline in the first place.
New Way to Repair Soil Compaction
While all the treatments we list above have beneficial effects, we like to take our soil compaction treatments to a higher level. To do that, we employ AERA-vator aeration services.
In addition to our SEASONS Bio-fertilization Program, we also offer soil aeration services to help repair soil compaction in your lawn.
The AERA-vator service doesn’t leave plugs on the lawn. Instead our equipment has large tines that penetrate into the soil (about 4” deep), stirring and loosening the soil as they penetrate with intense vibration. This action reduces the compaction in soil immediately and improves water and air exchange in the root zone.
Watch the AERA-vator in action, here
Following the AERA-vator service, we topdress your lawn with an organic compost that has been inoculated with specific beneficial microbes. These microbes then go to work to further reduce compaction and improve the soil and lawn health.
After a wet year like 2018, your lawn may be suffering from serious soil compaction. If you’d like more information on our AERA-vator service, CONTACT US or give us a call.