The good news about Alabama? You CAN have a beautiful lawn- but you have to start with the basics: the soil. Here are some musts for clay lawn soil:

  • Aerate the lawn every spring and fall. Aeration is a process that removes cores of soil from the lawn using a specialized machine. The removal of these cores helps to relieve soil compaction that builds up over time. If your lawn is clay-based, you should aerate at least twice each year.
  • Apply lawn fertilizer regularly.  Clay lawn soil has no inherent nutrients to make grass healthy and green. This means you will need to develop a regular schedule for fertilizing your lawn. It helps to use organic fertilizers, because they increase soil biotics while also feeding the lawn.
  • Irrigate the grass regularly. Clay soil doesn’t hold water well, and it doesn’t drain fast. As a result, the sun will suck any moisture out of the soil on hot days. Your clay-based turf will need regular irrigation. This means watering your lawn two to three times per week for at least an hour in each area.

If you need help with getting (and keeping!) your yard in shape, call a lawn care professional like Milton Outdoors. Milton Outdoors offers a wide variety of services for both residential and commercial properties. Call Evan Milton directly at 334.301.5316 to discuss your landscaping needs and receive a free quote for your project.

Evan Milton, owner of Milton Outdoors, graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a degree in horticulture. He has extensive experience working with a variety of clients and projects, and believes the first step in any landscape project is a well thought out plan.