Know Your Soil – How to Get a Green Lawn

Know Your Soil – How to Get a Green Lawn

How To Get the Perfect Lawn
Homeowners across the nation want to perfect their investment in every way possible. Developing a vibrant green lawn is pivotal to achieving this goal. But how do you go about achieving a gorgeous green landscape your neighbors will be envious of? Do what the lawn care experts do and get to know your soil!

Soil is alive with good and not-so-good microbes, bacteria, fungi, as well as many naturally occurring chemicals and compounds. There can be too much of a good thing and the difference between a nutrient and toxin in your landscape can be measured by pH. For healthy Maine lawns to grow you must know your soil’s pH level!

Your Lawn Is pHat!
Always remember that pH is a measure of acidity on a scale from 0.0 to 14.0. Lower than 7.0 is considered an acid and anything higher is considered a base. Your lawn needs to be slightly acidic in the 6.0 – 6.5 range for maximum health and greenery. Anything lower and your lawn is more a breeding ground for weeds and harmful compounds that can be more expensive and time consuming to remove.

How do lawn care professionals determine the pH level? We start with a sample of your lawn. For sod (grass) all you need is to dig up small samples of dirt only from around your lawn with a clean spade and place in a clean container. A few square inches about 3 to 4 inches deep is sufficient. Mix it all together and send it to the lab for analysis. It’s that simple! You should have your lawn tested no less than every three years to ensure the proper balance of nutrients.

Dropping the Acidity Of Your Lawn
The great state of Maine is full of pine trees. We love them because they are beautiful, abundant and produce the best natural scrubby known to man, the Pinecone! But did you know they can indicate acidic soil? They also have shallow root systems that can compete with grass for space and water. Yikes!

Also, if your lawn is shaded by trees a majority of the day you will have difficulty with grass growing that no reasonable amount of fertilizer will help. Trimming tree branches is usually preferable to cutting down for cost effectiveness and the environment in most cases; either way, the issue will need to be addressed and who better to consult with than a professional to explore your options!

More Signs of Trouble
Many people also suffer from the growth of undesirable moss. There are thousands of types of moss worldwide. They thrive on the high acid levels in your lawn. If you also have compacted soil, poor drainage and an over-abundance of shade with your acidic soil, then you need some serious help! Aerating the soil, gently sloping your lawn, adding a little lime or wood ash and trimming branches is definitely in order. Always remember to consult a professional when getting to know your lawn. There are many more variables to be aware of that a real pro can help you evaluate, leading to a lush, green lawn!