Soils

Soils

Here on Long Island, our clients always ask us to troubleshoot problem areas in their lawn.  On Long Island most soils are acidic showing a low pH often leading to non-dense turf.
The first thing we look at is if the area has too much shade.  This will usually lead to the soil being very moist where the roots of the grass plant rot.  In the same area, we also find poor air circulation leading to the decline of the turf.  Second and most important part of what we look for is the soil pH, which we find is normally low on Long Island.  Using a simple soil pH tester, we can quickly average out the soils pH by checking a few areas.  Our third and last step is to take action.  We look to elevate the lower branches and canopies of trees to allow more sun and air circulation.  Depending on the soil texture and structure, we may decide to core aerate and top dress the area with fine screened topsoil and/or compost.  Lastly, we use a professional product called Solu-Cal. Solu-Cal is applied as needed to maintain and/or adjust the pH to the proper level for the lawn and/or planting bed areas.
Solu-Cal
Improves soil structure
Regulates soil pH
Stimulates root and leaf development
Strengthens cell walls
Adjusts pH more efficiently than most conventional products