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Installing A New Lawn? Avoid These Two Topsoil Mistakes

by Celina Simpson

By the time your home is finally built, you might already be daydreaming about replacing your barren yard with a layer of soft, green grass. Although you might assume that installing a lawn is as easy as ordering sod and making sure your grass gets enough water, soil preparation is just as important as sunlight and sprinkler systems. Here are two common topsoil mistakes that could damage your new lawn, and how to avoid these issues in the first place:

1: Over-Compacting The Ground

You want your lawn to be level, which is why you might not think twice about renting a soil compactor and a barrel roller. Some new homeowners even assume that areas that are compressed will be healthier, since water will spread evenly and the sod will sit flush against the ground. Unfortunately, an over-compacted ground can cause these problems:

  • Disrupted Root Growth: When soil is compacted, the individual dirt particles have less space between them, which limits root growth. Since young, tender plants might not be strong enough to push their way into new territory, root growth tends to suffer. Your lawn might develop a shallow root system, which makes it more vulnerable to barren patches. 
  • Extra Thatch: Compressed soil also increases the thickness of thatch, which consists of a partially decomposed layer of the root network in addition to crowns, stolons, and rhizomes above the soil surface. While around ½ an inch of thatch can help to insulate the grass and keep water from evaporating prematurely, too much thatch can make it hard for water to pass through the layer, which can cause dehydration.
  • Poor Drainage: Compacted soil can also make it hard for water to drain away from the grass, which can lead to lawn diseases and wet rot. For example, necrotic ring spot, a lawn disease that creates patches of barren, brown grass, can occur when topsoil has poor drainage and the area is overwatered.

To avoid issues, experts recommend tilling the ground to a depth of at least two inches prior to sod installation. Keep in mind that heavy machinery, such as tractor-trailers or backhoes, can compact soil and make it inhospitable for new root growth. If there is ongoing construction near your home that could compress the soil, wait until the nearby projects are finished to install your lawn. It might seem like a hassle, but your patience could help your lawn to take root and survive a wide range of weather conditions. 

2: Ignoring Land Grading Issues

You might adore the character of that hilly yard, but your grass might not appreciate all of those peaks and valleys. For grass to take root and remain healthy, the ground should be sloped away from your house and drop at least two to three inches every ten feet. This slope is necessary to keep rainwater and melting snow from running towards your house, which can cause foundation cracking, flooding, and damp basements. Your lawn also shouldn't have too much of a slope, or water won't be able to stay put and hydrate that grass. Slope should never be higher than 12 inches for every four feet, or you might come across problems.

As you grade your land, remove any debris that is larger than two or three inches across, including large sticks, rocks, or compacted clay soil. Large obstacles will impede root growth and create weak spots in your lawn. Pay attention to sprinkler lines that run too close to the surface of your topsoil. In addition to impeding root growth, high sprinkler lines might also be more vulnerable to impact and steep temperature changes, which can lead to cracks and broken lines.  

By taking the time to prepare your topsoil carefully, you might be able to enjoy a strong, healthy, beautiful lawn. Click here for more info