Knowing what soil you have is the starting point of knowing how much water your lawn will need and how well it will grow.
So before planting a new lawn, a soil test is always a good starting point. We do not sell soil testing kits because the results always need analysing by a professional.
A basic soil test starts with measuring the soil pH followed by a soil composition test.
pH is a measurement scale by which you can gauge the level of acidity or alkalinity in your soil. It ranges from 0 to 14. Above 7.0 is alkaline and below 7.0 is acidic. A soil pH of 6.5 to 7.0 is ideal for most lawns. After the pH test, a composition test will tell you whether the soil is right for growing, retaining water etc.
If you consider that anything on this page is complicated - don't worry, we sell all the products necessary to solve your soil problems.
When you consider that grass grows everywhere and anywhere, it is quite surprising that it is so frequently difficult to persuade it to grow in a lawn. What with going yellow, brown, looking anemic, or just failing to grow is it not surprising that people give up and lay gravel or concrete!
Well don't give up, growing a real grass lawn is as simple as baking a cake. If you follow the recipe and follow the advice, you will have a beautiful lawn.
You see there are only three things that are important when growing a lawn....
1) The right type of grass.
2) The right amount of water.
3) The right type of soil.
Minor issues are shade verses sun, mowing frequency and height, fertilizing etc.
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The answers to the above points are...
Ans 1) The right type of grass for Spain is a warm season grass for the summer and
cold season grass for the winter.
Ans 2) The right amount of water becomes a relatively minor issue if you have a mix of these two grass types.
Ans 3) The most common cause of lawn failure is soil condition (composition) and soil pH, and soil pH is at the root of the problem.
Just like the TV commercials about hair condition, pH is the key.
The soil pH is basically is a measure of the amount of lime (calcium) contained in your soil, and the type of soil that you have. By and large, soils in moist climates tend to be acid and soils in dry climates are alkaline. A soil with a pH lower than 7.0 is an acid soil and one with a pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline. Soil with a pH lower than 7. Commonly found in high-rainfall regions. A pH of 6 is considered slightly acid, pH 5 is acid, and pH 4 is very acid. Many garden plants thrive in soil with a pH between 6 and 7.
The concentration of soil nutrients will vary depending on the soil
pH, or to put it another way, the ability for the soil to take up
nutrients will depend on soil pH.
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We can perform a soil test* for you. Either send us your soil sample to Calle Pascual Gruerro Culianez, 32, Catral, Alicante 03158 or we will take away a sample of your lawn soil and send you the results within 48 hours. We supply a soil test by return postal soil test service. Once you have performed a soil test to determined the soil pH then steps can be taken to correct the pH balance. However there is no fast fix for correcting soil pH.
Details on how to correct soil pH imbalance are in our Customised Lawn Repair Project.