Fall Lawn composting
Reasons to compost your lawn
· Adds organic matter to soils.
· Can build up the soil flora.
· Combined with core aeration can place organic material deeper into the soil.
· Can change soil structure.
· Incorporated into heavy soils helps relieve compaction problems.
· With the right biological components can help reduce lawn diseases.
· Adding compost helps reduce traffic stress.
· Compost incorporated into sandy soils helps with water retention.
· With the right materials can help reduce the need for fertilizer.
· Can help reduce thatch.
Using compost is an excellent way to make a stronger and greener lawn starting at the roots. For best results, you should first aerate your lawn, this way the compost will find its way to the roots faster. Be cautious and only add about ½ inch of compost, more can cause damage to your grass.
If your lawn is small you can use a rake to puncture the lawn, creating 2- to 3-inch deep holes to allow the nutrients and air to reach the roots. For larger lawns the best way to do this is a core aerator, which can be rented at a home supply store or you can call a lawn professional to do it for you. After your lawn has been aerated, use a plastic leaf rake to spread about ½ inch of compost, being careful to not go over 1 inch. This is also a good time to spread your fall fertilizer. To finish, water your lawn to work the compost down into the holes.