If the soil in your yard is not stable, this can make it difficult to do any kind of landscaping from planting grass seeds to planting flowers. Fortunately, there are many ways you can stabilize the soil to make it much better to work with. Keep reading to learn much more about this so you can have a beautiful yard.
Hire a landscape contractor to come to your home and test your soil. They can determine how unstable it is, so they know the type of chemicals they need to use to make the soil stable again. Stabilizing the soil involves using chemical modifiers to alter the soil's properties. This can make even the most compact soil less compact. One common chemical used for this purpose is lime.
One big benefit of using chemical soil stabilization is it is generally a permanent process. This means once it is done you will likely never have to have the soil stabilized again in the future. This will involve digging the yard as the chemicals has to be mixed in with the soil. It will not take long for the grass to grow when the process is finished because the soil will be much healthier so you will have a beautiful lawn again quickly.
If you have a slope in your yard that is having soil erosion when it rains you can plant ground cover in this area. Some that work well for this purpose are creeping thyme, poppies, sweet woodruff, and lawn daisies. This not only makes the soil more stable but can make your yard look beautiful.
Groundcover stabilizes soil very well because the roots of the plants bind together under the soil to provide support and structure to prevent soil from eroding. Choose a perennial ground cover and you will not have to worry about planting it over and over each year. This works well if the rest of your soil is stable as you do not have to disrupt soil and planting groundcover does not take a long time.
Overseed Your Lawn
Another option to stabilize your soil is to overseed your lawn. Adding more grass means more roots that will bind together under the ground to keep the soil stable. Aerate your lawn if you have not done this in a long time. This involves placing holes in the soil to allow water and air to get through. You can rent an aerator to do this yourself at most home improvement stores.
When you finish with this, mow the lawn as short as you can get it. When you finish, rake the lawn to ensure there is no loose grass or any other debris that will be in the way when you plant the grass seed. Purchase the right type of grass seed at a garden center and spread the grass seed over the soil. Water your lawn generously after planting the grass seed.
Stabilizing your soil may take time but it is well worth the effort when you see a beautiful lawn when you walk outside.
For more information about soil stabilization, contact a local company.