">
 

411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Installing a Wood Burning Fireplace Insert like a Professional

A wood burning fireplace insert has many benefits over traditional gas and electrical alternatives. Most significantly by choosing to heat your...

on Jan 18, 2017

Simple on Making your Home More Comfortably

For most people making your house your home is a non topic but there are many “little things” that can be done to enhance your space...

on Jan 18, 2017

Lawn Maintenance: Is Your Lawn Revealing About You?

Taking good care of your lawn is necessary for ensuring that it becomes healthy and resistant to disease, pests, weeds and weather conditions. Lawn...

on Jan 18, 2017

How To Choose The Right Water System For Your Home

Choosing the right water system for the home requires some careful thought. There are several different types of hot water systems to choose from,...

on Jan 12, 2017

Working with a Builder you can Trust

Buying a new build can be quite an investment. It's imperative to choose the right builder from the start by finding a reputable, trustworthy...

on Jan 12, 2017

The Right Soil and Site Preparation are the Key Ingredients to Success

by Guest on Aug 3, 2010

The best way to ensure you have a beautiful lawn is to prepare your soil and perform the proper site preparation before the lawn is seeded. If these two things are done properly lots of maintenance and money will be saved over the life of the lawn which can be decades.

For grass to grow properly it needs four things: air, water, sunlight and nutrients. The air water and nutrients all come from the soil. If there isn’t enough of any of these four things the grass will suffer. Proper preparation of the soil for these key ingredients will likely produce a beautiful lawn.

The best soil for a lawn is rarely found on any building site. Loams, sandy loams and loamy sands with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 are the best soils for a lawn. Normally the soil needs to be improved by adding lime to acidic soils with a PH of 6 and below and sulfur or gypsum to alkaline soils with a pH of 7.5 and above. Test the soil PH with a soil test to determine what pH adjustments are needed.

The first step in preparing the site is removing all rocks, stumps and anything else larger than 3 inches. The site needs to be rough graded to eliminate any drainage issues, to slope the grade away from the foundation, to fill in any holes and make it as level as possible. The second step is to till the site at least a couple inches down to get rid of any existing weeds and to make it easier for new topsoil to mix properly with the existing soil. The third step is to apply the topsoil with a total depth of 4 to 6 inches after it is firmed. At this stage it’s good to add some fully decomposed organic
matter into the soil.

Step 4 is where you perform the soil test and then apply what is needed to the soil. You then apply fertilizer high in phosphate to the soil and work it in so it is distributed throughout the soil. After this the final grading can be performed to even out any high or low spots and slopes. The final step is to use a lawn roller which is partly filled with water to firm up the surface which can reveal any low or trouble spots which can then be corrected. It’s best to let the site settle further by adding more water
before seeding the lawn.

Dayelle Swensson is an avid writer for the web on a number of topics. Having gardened herself for many years, she is able to advise others about a variety of things including gardening tips, lawn and tree care, watering, water hose reel and keeping your home garden looking good and healthy.

 

Amazon.com Soil Testing Kits411

General

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

These Bathroom Trends Will Become More Popular in 2017

A recent Houzz survey found that on average people spend 30-60 minutes a day in the bathroom. That’s the equivalent of 8-15 days a year – the same...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Caring For Todays Home Theater Gear

The television has really evolved into a level of entertainment and information (infotainment) value that no one ever predicted decades ago. We can...

General Household

Delaware Local Builders Associations

Find a local builder or council, please contact the home builders' association (HBA) in your area.

Builders Associations

DIY: Fit your own ensuite Bathroom

Probably the most personal room in the house, the bedroom is where we can truly relax after a long or tiring day and shut out the rest of the...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Use a Steam Cleaner to Remove Odours From Your Home!

Steam cleaning is by far the best way to completely sanitise your entire home from top to bottom. There are simply no limits to the many surfaces...

Appliance / Repair

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017