Soil/Surface Preparation

AKA Earth Work

THE KEY’s TO SUCCESSFUL LAND RECLAMATION ARE:

  • Soil/Surface Preparation

  • Soil Type / Quality

SOIL/SURFACE PREPARATION

There is a distinct disadvantage in poor soil/surface preparation. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE the true value of good and proper soil and surface preparation. One of the major mistakes made is not preparing the soil or surface correctly for any land reclamation.

Most land reclamation services require a fine textured, loose soil surface for the small roots of the seed embryo or sod to penetrate and take hold.

 

You can have the finest seed or sod, but poor soil/surface preparation can lead to inadequate results.

  1. Loosen the soil to support the development of deeper roots. Loosened soils have better aeration and water drainage.

  2. Ensure that the area is free of all rocks, leaves any other undesirable debris and properly graded.

 

SOIL TYPE AND QUALITY

Soil type, and quality have the greatest influence on the germination, establishment and sustainability of the grass or vegetations potential depending upon the amount of organic matter present within the soil.

Organic matter breaks down heavy soils, increases water holding capabilities (ESPECIALLY IN SANDY SOIL), provides food supply for micro-organisms, liberates plant nutrients, prevents nutrient leaching. Less organic matter means a greater difficulty in creating the required growing medium for seed.

We recommend a soil test before any seeding or sodding is done to determine and ensure the your soil has all nutrients necessary to support germination, establishment, and sustainability. A soil test will provide recommendations and nutrient requirements for good root growth. www.agtest.com/forms/lawngarden.pdf.

  1. Soil Types:              Clay, Sand, Loam, Granular

  2. Soil Condition:        Combinations of intermix, various classes and organics

  3. PH Reading:            The degree of acidity or alkalinity of a soil