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Moss standard

Green and fuzzy moss can be highly unsightly within a lawn, but it is also an indication that there is something going on below the soil that needs to be addressed. What is Moss? It is a small plant that likes to grow in thin and bare areas. Ideal conditions for moss are not ideal for growing grass and the spore-producing plant can quickly take over a lawn. Luckily, it will not kill the existing grass it merely spreads where the grass is not, which however, prevents new grass from spreading into these areas. What Causes Moss? The number one underlying cause is a poor pH level or lack of nutrients within the soil. Ideal growing conditions for grass are ...

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Soil Amendments standard

Every lawn has nutrients below the surface that affect the appearance and life of the lawn. These nutrients need to be checked to determine any deficiencies or excess of certain nutrients or levels. Many believe that a problem within the soil chemistry doesn’t exist when everything is looking good. However, it is recommended to have a soil analysis conducted before problems arise. When the soil chemistry is off, soil amendments may be necessary. Soil Analysis A soil analysis is a simple procedure of pulling soil plugs throughout the lawn, allowing them to dry, breaking them up, and mixing all the soil together. This soil is then tested, usually by an independent laboratory. Specific nutrient levels are then checked for faults ...

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Soil Type standard

Different areas across the United States, as well as across our area, have different soil types. Soil type affects how grass is grown, the type of watering practices to follow, as well other factors. To better understand the lawn, it is important to understand the soil beneath it. There are six different types of soil. Sandy Soil Sandy soil can be problematic because of its texture. Sandy soil is composed of larger particles that are dry and gritty to the touch. Sandy soils have poor water retention because they easily drain water. This type of soil is airy and lacks essential nutrients, prohibiting growth of certain plants. Clay Soil Clay soil is composed of fine particles that are smooth when ...

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Importance of Organic Matter in Soil standard

Organic matter can be a confusing topic. Many believe that something that was once alive but is now dead, such as leaves or plant scraps, is considered to be organic matter; however that is not the case as that would actually be considered organic material, not matter. Organic material decomposes at a rate of 10:1 meaning for every 10 pounds of organic material, 1 pound of organic matter should be generated. For this organic material to turn into organic matter, it must be converted by microorganisms into a resistant decomposed state, known as humus. This organic material is not stable within the soil unlike organic matter that is stable within the soil. Determining the Percentage of Organic Matter Soil testing, ...

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