Lawn treatment will vary from location to location. Each geographic region will have specific demands that will affect the quality of the lawn and garden. But, there can be even local challenges that will affect the lawn. The history of pesticides used on your property, for example, may affect the health of any plants you try to grow on that spot. The construction of your house, too, can affect the type and quality of soil that you have to work with. Fortunately, there are many different kinds of lawn treatments that will bring your soil into compliance with the needs of just about any gardener. Here are some pointers for treating your lawn so that your grass and other plantings are beautiful and healthy.

Hard Soil


Hard soil can be a real problem for gardeners. This condition will occur when there is too much clay or caliche in the soil, causing it to become impenetrable to even the strongest, most determined roots. There are, however, several treatments you can use for hard soil. These can loosen it up so that plantings will thrive.

Aeration is one treatment you can use on your hard packed lawn. This can be done with a pitchfork-like implement that you stand on, much like a shovel, and poke holes in the lawn. You can also get your lawn care company to bring their bigger one that will punch many holes at a time, or rent one from a home improvement store. These types of aerators are usually filled with water on the spot to make them heavy so that they will penetrate the ground. When you are finished aerating the soil, you drain the water out of the drum.

Ground oyster shell is another really good way to loosen up hard soil. The oyster shell is also rich in nutrients, so it will fertilize the soil as well. This fine granular power will work its way down into the soil and keep the natural clay or caliche from becoming as packed. In many cases, it’s a good idea to first aerate the soil, then apply the crushed oyster shell. Water it in, and the shell has a head start in breaking down the clay of the upper inches of soil. This will make it more likely that grass roots will be able to penetrate, and begin growing deeper.

Even if your area does not have clay in the soil, have it tested anyway. Soil brought in or dredged up to make a nearby pond may have been used on your site, making it hard to row anything in certain areas of your lawn and garden.

Reapply the oyster shell every 3 to 5 years to keep the process going.

Dead Spots


The leading cause of dead spots in your lawn is usually grub worm. These can be treated with milk spore, which is all natural and will never have to be used again. It will keep the grub worms out from now on.

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