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Grading activities associated with urban development create poor quality soils that are compacted and low in organic matter. Yards with poor soil quality require more time, money, water, and fertilizer to stay green and maintain a lush appearance. Problems such as standing water, inability to mow after rainfall, patchy grass, and inability to establish grass are associated with poor soil quality. These soil conditions also contribute to water quality issues by shedding runoff during rainfall events; and by transporting pesticides, sediments, and fertilizers to nearby water bodies.
Soil quality restoration reduces compaction, increases pore space, and improves organic matter content to improve the health and functionality of soils. Organic matter gives the landscape the ability to act like a sponge and absorb rain. Soils rich in organic matter also support entire ecosystems of beneficial organisms (microbes, worms, insects) that contribute to healthy lawns.
Learn more about the stormwater homeowner grant program and how you can take advantage of free money to make your grass greener while improving water quality.