Taking Care Of Clay Soil Lawns

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.

You guys are probably pretty confused right now aren’t you? I know, in the first article about lawn soil, I talked about why clay soil is good, but then in the next one, I told you why clay lawn soil was bad. So what is the deal and how do we make it right? Let’s talk about the balance.

Clay lawn soil works great for nice, healthy lawns if you are prepared to work a bit during the long lawn care season. This means you will need to perform these tasks in order to grow the turf properly for the long haul.

Clay Lawn Soil “Musts”

1) Aerate the lawn every spring and every fall. Aeration is a process whereby cores of soil are actually removed from the lawn using a machine that is a bit bigger than a standard lawn mower. The removal of cores from clay soil helps to relieve compaction that builds up over time. If your lawn is clay based, you must aerate at least twice per year.

2) Apply lawn fertilizer regularly. As I mentioned before, clay lawn soil has no inherent nutrients to make grass healthy and green. This means you will need to remain on a regular fertilizing schedule. It helps if you use organic lawn fertilizers because they also increase soil biotics while they feed the lawn.

3) Irrigate the grass regularly. I told you that clay soil doesn’t really hold water well, but it also doesn’t drain fast. This means that the sun will suck the moisture right out of the soil on super hot days. Your clay based turf will need regular irrigation. This means watering 2-3 times per week for at least an hour in each area.

I hope this little series of articles has helped you out. Clay based soil can work well for lawns, if you are willing to do the work it takes to keep your patch of green grass growing well!


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