All garden owners dream of a densely overgrown and green lawn. But what to do if the lawn doesn’t grow? Here you can find more information about dry and hard soil in the garden.
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Optimal ground conditions
The optimal soil conditions promote the growth of the various lawn grasses. In order for the respective species to grow healthily, the right soil is crucial. The grasses need a loose and permeable substrate. In this case, the roots can develop freely and the grass also looks healthy.
Sufficient nutrients and a certain permeability are the order of the day. In contrast, the grass grows little or not at all on solid and hard soil. Your substrate should have the following three characteristics in particular for optimal growth:
- pH : 5.5-7
A hard soil type will affect growth. The lawn grows more slowly and puddles regularly form on the surface when it rains. The surface of the earth is partially cracking. In these situations, the substrate is too compacted and too solid. Consequently, you should find the cause and improve the soil conditions again. Otherwise, the lawn soil will suffer more and more.
A hard reason can be due to various causes. The two most common are:
- very high clay and loam content in the soil ensures rapid compaction of the soil
- intensive use of the garden soil
If you identify one of the reasons, you are spoiled for choice. Basically, you can loosen the soil or promote a radical replacement of the soil.
A dry soil can slow down the growth of the lawn. Most of the time you can actively loosen the soil layer. At best, start 10 to 14 days before sowing the lawn seeds. To do this, remove the top few centimeters and work sand and compost into the soil. If the soil is loamy and firm, loosening often no longer helps.
In order to promote soil replacement, you should at least follow the following measures:
- Dig up the ground spade-deep
- Work in compost and sand generously
- water the surface of the earth
- Bring in lawn seed
- use fertilizer
Regular maintenance is required to keep the lawn intact. Loosening up and good aeration are essential for the lawn grasses. Irrigating and scarifying can also improve conditions in your area.
Dry lawn: quick help
When the blades of grass are dry and yellow and the lawn is no longer growing, it is not always too late. After intense heat in summer or a long period of drought, dry lawns are the order of the day. However, it is often only superficial damage. The roots can still recover. To do this, you should water the lawn intensively for at least a week.