Compost- A Sure Shot Way to Improve Turf Performance

 

The turfgrass is one of the essential components of your home’s exterior. An outdoor space is incomplete without it. Having said that, as a homeowner, it is your responsibility to be certain about the turfgrass and take note of its maintenance. Carrying out the maintenance not only helps with aeration but also ensures that all the landscaping elements are going right with one another.

In fact, studies have shown that healthy lawns and turf grasses produce a sufficient amount of oxygen to meet the daily needs of around five people. But did you know that the same grass has the capability of cleaning the air? In fact, in the United States, it cleanses around 11 million of dirt and dust annually.

The grass can capture air-borne impurities and send them back to the soil, which helps break down the pollutants. Considering its impact on the quality of life, you should focus on improving its performance.

Compost as a soil amendment

 

If you have been finding out how to improve the quality of poor soils in marginals, you can use compost as the soil amendment. The composts provide the necessary nutrients to the soil, thereby improving the structure, lowering the surface crusting, and promoting drainage. For example, in sandy soils, compost increases the retention of the water and nutrients and improves microbial activity.

All in all, this results in the improved performance of the turf. The experts at Hydro Dynamics suggest that before you select compost for the soil, make sure that it is of the best quality. For this reason, here, we have mentioned some of the basic guidelines that will help you evaluate the suitability of compost.

The Appearance: The color should be dark and must have a powdery and crumbly structure. It should not contain any large stones, pieces of wood, glass, or any trash.

Particle size: The size of compost can vary depending on its application method. For example, on the surface in the athletic fields, the compost particles should pass through a 3/8 inch screen. And, the ones with larger particles are best suitable for the soil amendments. The only thing you need to take care of is that it should be thoroughly tilled into the soil before you begin with the seeding process.

Odor: Offensive odors or peculiar odor associated with ammonia or sulfur clearly indicates that the compost is not of high quality and is not fully composted. On the other hand, having an earthy aroma has the best effects on the soil and can be used for your turfgrass.

Moisture content: Right moisture content is a must in the composts. It should be between 30 and 50%, as this handles incorporating the soil and the surface applications. On the other hand, the wet compost forms clumps and does not spread easily, whereas the dry composts produce excessive dust. Healthy turfgrass has so much to offer, from reducing soil erosion to improve soil quality. And, using the composts provides turf the nutrients it needs. But before you use the compost, we suggest you get the guidance of the experts. This will help you in getting the most out of the turf.