What To Do When You Have Compacted Soil


The people of Tennesee take great pride in making their lawns look incredible throughout the entire year. Typically, this isn’t the easiest feat in the wet, cold winters that we tend to experience. Unfortunately, during these cold and wet winters, it can be extremely tough on our turf. The impact that this kind of weather has on turf can force it into an unhealthy environment and result in a struggling lawn for the entirety of the year.

So what exactly happens to lawns when they experience too harsh of weather? The soil underneath your turf can become extremely compacted. This issue will not allow your turf to absorb any sort of nutrients that it is being given, including airflow, water, fertilizer, and more.

Don’t fret though, there are ways to identify and cure compacted soil to save your lawn in the long run. If you are interested in knowing a little more about this process, you are in the right space.

How Do I Know If My Soil Is Compact?

There are a few different methods of finding out if your soil is compact. If you are ready to test it out yourself, go grab yourself a screwdriver. Taking a small household tool like a screwdriver and pushing it into your turf in a few different spots to see how far down you get is a great way to identify soil that is too tough to push through. If your tool doesn’t make it more than a few centimeters down without excessive force, then you should assume this is a good sign that you have compacted soil.

If you aren’t someone who wants to get dirty, there are a few other ways that you can tell if your soil is compact. Some of these signs include:

  • Excess Thatch—Thatch is a buildup of organic debris on your lawn. Some organic matter on your lawn is inevitable and even good for it, however, if it is constantly being built up, it can cause issues.
  • Pooling Water—If you know you have a proper irrigation system going, you are going to want to notice whether or not water is pooling up around the edges and getting on the cement. This means your turf is not absorbing the water you’re giving it.
  • Thinning Grass—This one is more of a result rather than a symptom because, without nutrients, your turf is not going to present as full and luscious.

How To Cure Compacted Lawns?

Once you have identified that your lawn is experiencing an issue with soil compaction, you are going to want to perform aeration on your turf. Aeration is the act of using a mechanical aerator to pull up little pieces of your soil about three inches deep. This will relieve some of the pressure from your soil, allowing for better airflow. The parts of your lawn that are pulled up are left on your lawn and broken down to create a natural mulch mixture, which encourages the regrowth of your lawn.

Most people will follow up this process with overseeding and a great irrigation system to ensure that it is fully restored. It is important to keep in mind that like many things, relieving your compacted soil will make your lawn look worse before it gets better. Learn more about how aeration and overseeding benefit your lawn.

Are You Ready To Cure Your Compacted Soil? Choose Aeration With 4-EverGreen Today!

Our team here has a lot more experience than the average homeowner. Lawn care is serious work, especially when it comes to aeration practices and trying to save your lawn. You can trust the experts at 4-EverGreen to cure your compacted soil and allow your lawn to thrive again.

Our expertise doesn’t stop there! We have experience in a wide variety of lawn services like lawn care, tree and shrub care, moisture control, exterior pest control, cellulose insulation, and so much more. You can check out the details of each service we provide here.

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