Most yards have some areas with soil compaction. It’s important to address soil compaction; otherwise, it can lead to many lawn problems. If weeds cover your lawn, or it’s patchy and brown, the team at Nixa Lawn Service can help. Today, we explain the conditions that may cause lawn failure and what you can do to solve the issue.
The Grass Is Mowed Too Short
First, your lawn could be failing because it’s mowed too short. When the grass is mowed too short, it tarnishes the crown of the plant and prevents growth. The grass tries to recover, but it becomes strained and susceptible to weeds. Keep your lawn at a height of 3.5 inches to reduce plant stress, displace weeds, and help it reach full growth potential.
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There Is Heavy Traffic
Foot traffic, vehicle traffic, or poor soil composition can compact the soil. Soil and plants need airspace in order to grow and function properly, but this gets reduced when there is excess compaction. Limited airspace causes stressed, thin grass which is prone to weeds, pests, and diseases. To decompact your soil, call the pros at Nixa Lawn Service. We can aerate your lawn and apply lime to get deep into the soil.
There Is a Lack of Sun
Many types of grass can bear shade. However, too much shade and not enough sun can contribute to lawn failure. To counteract this, you can use fescue grass, which tolerates shade, and selectively prune trees to allow more sunlight to your lawn. You should also clean up leaves and dead branches.
Lastly, poor drainage is the source of many lawn problems. Soils with heavy clay volume may become saturated with water after rain or irrigation. The excess water remains in the soil and interferes with the root zone. Aerating your lawn can improve soil drainage over time. You may also consider installing perforated piping to divert the water.
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