1. It falls apart as soon as you open it – This means you have sandy soil and compost should be added to it.
2. It holds its shape, and stays clumped when poked. – This means you have clay soil and organic material should be added.
3. It holds its shape, and when given a light poke, falls apart. – This is good news–it means you have a loam soil!
Another good test is to check the PH level of your soil. A test kit can be picked up cheaply at any home and garden center. Ideally, soil should have a neutral PH level, somewhere between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil is below 6.0, it’s too acidic and lime should be added. If it’s above 7.0, it’s too alkaline and gardener’s sulfer should be added.
Step two is having the right grass. Certain grasses fare better under different environments, and it’s important to know which grass is the right kind for your area. The grass types below are best suited for Southern California’s climate.
The best time to water is early in the morning, to reduce irrigation. When your lawn needs watering, it will have a blue-gray tint and older blades will begin to curl. Also, footprints will stay on for longer than usual. If the grass doesn’t “spring back to life” after removing your foot, but takes a few seconds to lift up, it’s time to water.
By following these simple steps, you can have a lawn that stays green and healthy all year. If you have any other questions about your lawn or wish to speak with a designer, simply fill out our instant estimate form or give us a call at: 818.244.4000.