Treating your soil before you seed your lawn is very important if you want your grass to grow healthy and strong. A good pH balance is one of the main prerequisites, along with ensuring that the soil has ample nutrients to provide the tiny, growing roots of your new grass blades.
Come early April, it’s usually best to start doing pH tests and ensuring that the soil on your property can support the type of grass you’re looking to plant. It’s essential at this point to do some research on the grass itself, see how much you’ll have to water it, check the ideal soil composition and pH, and then get to work on preparing the soil.
If the pH indicates the soil to be too alkaline, you might have to add some leaf mold, sulfur or various types of mold or compost to reduce the pH level to 7 or below. If the soil is too acidic, you’ll need to consider adding some quicklime, hydrated lime, wood ashes or organic compost.
You’ll find organic lawn care to be essential for the health of your soil. Organic, slow release fertilizer is usually your best choice for soil treatment just before you sow your lawn. The idea is to ensure that the lawn receives a steady dose of the appropriate amount of nutrients without getting burned. Without the use of slow release fertilizer, your growing lawn could develop a sickness or grow more fragile.