One issue that every garden owner hates is the squishy lawn.
In this article, we’ll be looking at what causes squishy lawns, as well as what you should do about it.
Squishy Lawn – What’s The Problem?
What even is the matter with having a squishy lawn?
There are two big problems with having a squishy lawn – how it looks and how it feels.
A squishy lawn will never be flat and perfectly even. This can ruin the entire look of your garden.
You don’t want to spend hours on the plants, just to have it ruined by the grass.
But also, a squishy lawn is going to be cold and wet.
This isn’t going to be very nice at all to walk on, and it can be a huge barrier to any garden parties that you might want to host.
What Causes Squishy Lawn?
The biggest culprit of this crime is water.
Whilst it’s true that grass does need water to grow correctly, too much, and it won’t absorb it.
The excess water will simply sit there, making the soil underneath the grass too wet.
But of course, the water doesn’t always work alone. It sometimes has some partners in crime.
These could include an excess of nitrogen, diseases, or pests.
Any three of them could prevent the grass from being able to absorb and use up the water that it needs to thrive.
How To Solve The Issue
Sand – Why?
One solution that will serve the purpose of absorbing the excess water, the excess nitrogen, and killing disease and pests is sand.
The stuff you find at the beach.
Sand is a fantastic absorber, and it’s also incredibly cheap.
Another advantage is that it’s challenging to erode, so you won’t need to worry about it getting destroyed by heavy rainfall.
And because sand is powdered stone, it’s strong; you can walk on it as much as you like, with almost no possibility of it being damaged by the weight of your body.
Sand – How?
There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to add sand into your soil.
The two key things that need to be achieved are:
- You need to have enough sand to absorb the water.
- It should be spread out, so it doesn’t just look like sand has been dumped in your garden.
One great way to spread the sand is by using a broom. It’s cheap, and it does the job.
But if that’s a little bit too old school for you, you can buy machines that will spread the sand throughout your lawn.
Thatch – Why?
However, before you can sand, you, first of all, need to thatch.
Thatching your grass means removing pieces of dead grass from your lawn.
The reason why thatching is so essential before sanding is that the sand can be so occupied with absorbing the excess moisture from the gunk that it becomes saturated before it can get to the soil.
Of course, you don’t want to overdo the sand. This will ruin the look of your garden. Therefore, making the most out of the sand you do use will be wise.
Thatch – How?
Thatching is pretty similar to raking. In both chores, you’re collecting something from a large area of land, and moving it all into a smaller area of land.
The difference between thatching a raking, however, is that raking is only to collect leaves, whereas thatching is there is collect dead grass.
A thatching rake is similar to a regular rake.
The only difference is that the spikes are a little bit thicker so that they can have a tighter grip.
Just like with you rake, to thatch, simply drag the tool from one end of the garden to the other, and when you have all the dead grass into one row, dispose of it.
When To Water
While it’s essential to make sure your grass isn’t getting too much water, it’s equally important to make sure it’s getting enough.
If your grass begins to turn a brown color, which is particularly common during the summer, it could be helpful for you to water your lawn.
However, be careful that you don’t water your grass just to find that it rains an hour later.
The best rule to follow is that your grass should only ever be watered if it has turned brown, and there’s no sign of rainfall anytime soon.
And that is what you need to do if you have a squishy lawn – thatch and sand.
Of course, we all want a lawn that’s nice to walk on, and nothing stops it more than squishiness.