How to Improve Clay Soil for Lawn

Clay has the potential to be one of the best soil choices for grass growth because the individual particles are very small and hold water and nutrients needed for lawn growth much more effectively. 

Clay soil is compacted and needs water, air, and nutrients to survive.   If you systematically test and aerate your clay soil and incorporate organic matter via top-dressing and tilling, you will improve your clay soil year-round.  

It is Possible to Improve Clay Soil for Lawn

There are a few simple steps you can take to improve the existing soil.

1. Test Soil Density to Improve Clay Soil

Testing your soil will show you exactly what you need to add in order to improve it for future lawn growth and health.

2.Aerate to Break Up the Soil

Clay soil is compacted and has very little air space, so aerating your lawn is a great way to improve the clay soil.  Clay is composed of microscopic particles that are stuck tightly together, which inhibits oxygen, water, and nutrients from flowing freely throughout.

3. Top-Dress with Organic Matter

Once your lawn is aerated, you should top-dress the clay soil.  Incorporating organic matter is probably one of the most important steps to improving the condition of your clay soil for your lawn.

– Apply a thin layer ( ¼ to ½ of an inch) of the organic matter over your lawn. Apply more to level out areas where you have holes or dips. – Use a rake to make sure the organic matter is worked down enough, so it touches the soil. The organic matter needs to be worked down to where the roots grow. If it does not touch the soil, it will not help improve the clay matter.

4. To apply topsoil to your lawn you will:

It is important to note that the nature of clay may cause lawn debris to accumulate on the top of the soil and develop into what is called thatch.

5. Beware of Thatch

Depending on your soil conditions it can take a long time for the nutrients in the organic matter to travel down through the clay soil particles to reach the roots of the plant and actually impact the condition of your soil.

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