Case Study: Soil Preparation

Case Study: Soil Preparation

Soil Structure Background Soil is made up of a group of aggregate soil particles. It can range from a sandy dust to a dense clay chunk. Soil is basically made up of particles, air, and water. The ideal soil is going to have balanced particles, air, drainage, and moisture-holding. Another key component is a healthy level of microorganisms including bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa. The chart...

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Soil Preparation for St Augustine Sod

Soil Preparation for St Augustine Sod

Let’s face it; soil preparation is the most important step in building a good lawn. Good soil makes healthy, deep rooted lawns that need less water. Soil is the foundation that is laid for building your dream lawn from the ground up. For the sake of this article, you have decided to go with laying St Augustine sod because it provides an instant lawn, most often weed free, and it’s...

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How To Prevent Soil Erosion

How To Prevent Soil Erosion

Did you know that soil erosion is a natural process that normally causes little problems? However, when it comes to your lawn, it is undesirable. There are two factors related to soil erosion. The first is the speed at which wind, water, or whatever agent that causes erosion is moving. The second is the amount of plant coverage there is in the area. In other words a thick and healthy lawn will...

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How To Perform Soil Testing

How To Perform Soil Testing

There are two things a soil testing can help you learn about your lawn. The first thing is the status of the nutrients in your soil. This will help you determine what needs to be applied to your lawn such as potassium or phosphorus. The second thing a soil test will do is provide you with a pH figure for your soil. pH is a scale that ranges from 0 to 14, closer to 0 being acidic and closer to 14...

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How To Install Sod

How To Install Sod

  So, you’re interested in installing sod on your lawn? After all, it is the quickest and easiest way to get a lush, green lawn. Seeding a lawn can sometimes take an entire season to mature. Planting sod is a relatively easy task to complete. You can lay sod anytime from early spring to late fall as long as you are willing to water enough. The greatest disadvantage to sod is its higher...

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Seed or Sod?

Seed or Sod?

Seed and sod both have their advantages and disadvantages. Many improved varieties of cool and warm season grasses are available as seed or sod. However, there is a wider range available as seed compared to sod. St. Augustine grass and improved Bermudagrass are only sold as sod. The first advantage of seed is that it is less expensive, but sometimes home owners have difficulty getting their lawn...

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