Creating a new lawn is similar to building a house in one crucial aspect. You start with the foundation. The better your foundation is, the longer you are going to enjoy your new home. At the heart (or… under the surface?) of each lawn is the soil upon which it grows. The health, quality and the color of your new lawn depends on the type of soil you use. In our Sodding projects, we always use Grow-Max, as it offers unparalleled result and quality.
The types of soil generally available in Toronto and the GTA
There are three main types of soil available:
This is the most basic soil type available. As you can infer from its name, it comes from the top layer of the surface. As such, it is rich in microorganisms and organic matter. It is usually the most economical option,
and although things will grow in it – you will
need a lot of supplements, nutrients and fertilizers to get good results. Among all options that are available to you, this is the poorest kind of soil to be used for sodding. It will compact quickly, it will not hold moisture very well, and all its nutrients will quickly wash away (and that’s when soil becomes clay).
This is a much higher quality growth medium, as it contains three equal parts of topsoil, peat and compost.
Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter, and it plays a crucial role in water retention – on one hand it holds the moisture in the soil even when dry, and on the other it prevents excess moisture (which can kill the grass roots).
Compost – this is a combination of decomposed plants and animal materials. As such, it is very high in nutrients and minerals. Things growing in compost-rich soil have everything they need (mineral wise) to develop a strong and healthy root system. It dries very quickly, and as such must be balanced with peat.
Gro-Max® soil is a step up in quality after triple mix. On top of the peat, compost and the topsoil, it also contains aged bark and sand.
It is it rich with everything triple mix has to offer, and more: Gro-Max® soil contains aged bark and sand, and as such it has, the best PH balance, superior water holding capacity and superior air porosity – no matter how much you compact this soil, it will continue to let air through over a long period of time, and as such it offers t
he best environment for root development (which is key for a strong healthy lawn).
We choose to use Gro-Max® soil because:
1. It offers the best soil PH balance – creating the most comfortable and healthy environment for grass roots to develop.
2. It has superior moisture management abilities – on one hand protecting the grass roots from excessive moisture in the first weeks, when watering schedule is intense, while retainingenough moisture for years to come – to nourish the roots even in periods of draught.
3. It’s airy structure – preventing the soil from compaction, and allowing the roots to develop freely, without unnecessary obstacles.
Although Gro-Max® soil is a more expensive option, we view it as an investment (and we even include itin the cost of our Sodding services) – as the new lawn will continue to benefit from its high qualities,
and will be better positioned to withstand drought, weeds and disease (and of course to be greener than your neighbor’s lawn).