Ammending my loosening up my soil

ceighmey(z5 KS)May 26, 2011

I lost 60-70% of my KBG lawn last summer due to drought and grubs. I was too busy/upset to bother reseeding last fall and have set my sites doing so this upcoing fall season. In the mean time I am letting what's left of my lawn grow whatever chooses to pop up with the hope that whatever it is, it's green in color. :)

That being said, I'd like to take this opportunity to do some work to my soil before fall arrives. My initial thoughts are to dethatch and then core areate 3-4 times over the next 4-5 months while applying compost or other ammendments. I live a 1/4 mile from a local yard waste composting facility which gives the residents free access to compost - hence my leaning toward that being the primary ammendment. Can any of you reccomend anything else (or a better plan over this short period of time) to help enrich my soil?

My soil is a typical subdivision lot with heavy clay and a small amount of top soil on top of it. I live in the Kansas City metro area (Z5).

Thanks to all ahead of time!

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ceighmey(z5 KS)

My subject line should read Ammending AND Loosening up my soil...

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 2:16PM
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Your first step should be getting a comprehensive soil test, so you can apply the correct ammendments. Core aeration is usually only necessary when soil is heavily compacted. Doing it 3 or 4 times is overkill, once is enough. Most soils are low in organic matter, a soil test will confirm this, but applying some organics is usually always a good idea.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 4:27PM
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