How to maximise the quality of your soil

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Before you begin to place any new turf, the quality of the soil must be assessed and improved if necessary. Whether you’re looking for a residential or a commercial lawn solution, good soil is one of the most important factors as it will be the foundation of your turf, providing it with the nourishment it needs to grow and thrive. Improving the quality of your soil can be easily done by implementing some of these strategies.

Applying compost

If you want an easy and affordable way to fertilise your soil, then you can’t go wrong with compost. It’s is a great way to add many essential nutrients and micro-organisms into your soil, which should greatly improve the quality. Since it is mainly made up of vegetable matter, having a compost bin in your garden is a great way of reusing any vegetable scraps from family meals.

Assessing the pH levels

If you find that certain grasses and other plants just don’t seem to grow in your garden, it may be because of your soil’s pH level. Many lawns fail because people don’t take the pH level of the soil into consideration, which can result in great financial and labour costs. Testing the pH level of your soil should tell you whether it is too acidic or too alkaline. The only issue with this is that there are many turf companies that provide pH balancing chemicals amongst other turf supplies, but these changes will only be temporary, as the pH level of the soil cannot be permanently changed. In this instance, it’s best to either regularly tend to your soil’s pH level or to find a turf which is best suited.

Adding nutrients

Although compost is a very effective and easy way to fertilise your soil, it may still be lacking some of the essential nutrients it needs in order to properly support your turf. If you find that the nutrients your soil needs cannot be found in compost, you may need to purchase other lawn supplements, such as nutrient additives and man-made fertilisers. All that needs to be done for these additives to work is for them to be applied to the soil and then watered in.

If you want only the most effective and long-lasting lawn solutions for your residential or commercial project, always be sure to look after the soil before the turf is put down. After all, good soil leads to good turf. If you’ve checked your soil and are ready to lay down turf, or if you want a turf variety to match the quality of your soil, talk to J&B Buffalo Turf Supplies, one of Sydney’s leading turf farmers and installers. Our friendly team are on call to answer all your turf-related questions and we’ll work with you to find the turf that’s right for you. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call on 1800 668 786.

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