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Soil Survey

Soil Survey from Greengrass Lawncare

Why have a Soil Survey?

When you sign up for one of our Lawn Care Packages, we firstly carry out a soil survey before we can create your tailor-made Lawn Care plan. This is a free service and the aim is to establish nutrient needs and structure, identify soil type and any compaction.

Soil Types

Knowing which soil type you have will enable me to choose the correct treatments for your lawn throughout the year and with the appropriate programme in place you can look forward to the lush, green lawn you have always wanted.

Soil Types

Clay soils

Clay soils are heavy. They tend to be wet and cold during the winter months and then in summer they can bake dry. They are, however, very high in nutrients. Their heaviness can be addressed by adding organic matter. This will break down the clay into a crumb-like texture which will help the grass roots to access the water and nutrients. Organic matter will also make the soil itself warmer, easier to work with and less prone to compaction.

Sandy soils

Sandy soils tend to be quite light. They are usually dry and warm and can often be quite acidic. They are usually low in nutrients. These types of light soils can be low in nutrients, and lose water very quickly because they are very free draining. Again, the addition of organic matter will held the soil bind together better and retain water and nutrients more easily. The addition of fertilisers may also be necessary to give the soil and your lawn an extra boost.

Silt soils

Silt soils retain the moisture and tend to be quite fertile. They are quite easily compacted because they are made up of such fine particles. Simply treading on this soil can be enough to compact it as can the use of garden machinery. Silt soils often wash away and can easily be eroded by the wind. You can improve their already decent fertitility with the addition of organic matter.

Loam soils

Loam soils are a mixture of clay, sand and silt and therefore of mixed characteristics depending on the proportions. Loam soils are generally an excellent balance of all the different soil particle types. They are the best type of soil in many ways. Nevertheless, a good treatment of organic matter on a regular basis can help improve plant growth.

Peat soils

Peat soils have a high moisture content and lots of organic matter. Although it does have a high level of organic matter,  it usually contains fewer nutrients than a lot of other soils and so it can be prone to an over retention of water. We can counter this by using fertiliser and maximising the drainage system and then your lawn will thrive.

Chalky soils

Chalky soils tend to be very alkaline and they can be light or heavy. The quality of chalky soil is unfortunately quite poor and so if we find you have this soil type we need to plan a lot of regular work including the introduction of fertilisers and other soil improvers over a sustained period of time.

Lawn Care Packages

Once we know your soil type and have established the structure and nutrient needs, we can recommend the ideal lawn care package for you.

We may also recommend adding on some optional treatments if appropriate. These include:  Weed treatments, Spot weeding , Slow mow, Hydration, Foliar feeds, Fertiliser, Moss control, Disease and Pest management, Top dressing, Patch repairs, Sunken hollows levelled, Re-Seeding, Aerating, Scarification, Grass cutting, Hard standing areas and driveways can be treated for weeds, moss and algae.

Contact us today

07480 065 108 or mike@greengrass-lawncare.co.uk

 

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