The perfect land for grass growing is well drained and fertile with a pH of between 6.5 and 6.8. Occasionally, soil has to be amended because it does not satisfy the perfect conditions to nurture grass development. Amendments can help the top 6 inches of dirt loosen and have a crumbly, loose texture with a neutral pH level. Amending can help dirt include about 5 percent organic matter and a balanced combination of sand, silt and clay.
Grab a handful of dirt, and roll it into a ball. Press the ball of dirt into a ribbon-shaped strip between the fingers and thumb.
Hold the ribbon from the atmosphere. The soil is considered sandy if it won’t ribbon; the dirt is considered clayey if the ribbon stays together for 2 or more inches.
Take 1 tablespoon of dried dirt from six to eight areas. Put the soil in a bowl and mix it until it’s well combined. Add a few drops of vinegar. Notice that the soil pH is above 7.5 if the dirt fizzes.
Take 1 tablespoon of moist soil from six to eight areas. Put the soil in a bowl, and mix it until it’s well combined. Add a pinch of baking soda. If it fizzes, note that the soil has a pH less than 5.0.
Till 12 cubic yards of topsoil and 12 cubic yards of organic matter each 1,000 square feet to the upper 4 to 6 inches of sandy soil. Till 12 cubic yards of organic matter each 1,000 square feet in to the very best 4 to 6 inches of clay soil.
Spread 20 pounds of dolomitic lime per 1,000 square feet in a crisscross application pattern for soil with a pH lower than 4.9. Apply 50 pounds of iron sulfate per 1,000 square feet in a crisscross application pattern for soil with a pH higher than 7.5.
Till the amendments to the top 6 inches of the soil.
Mix four parts cottonseed meal, 1 component phosphate, one-half part lime, two parts greensand and one component gypsum. Implement 3 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet. Till the fertilizer to a thickness of 4 to 6 inches.