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Soil Compaction – What does it mean?

Your landscaping success depends on a variety of factors – one of the most important being soil health. Soil health affects the root structure of the plant, the very foundation of your plant’s health.

While good soil health includes many different components, soil compaction is an important and often overlooked indicator of soil strength.

Soil compaction is defined as the compression of soil particles reducing the pore space, volume and density.
So why is this important?

Compacted soil affects your plants in many ways:
– reduced water infiltration and drainage
– increase in aeration problems due to slow moving gases
– greater difficulty in root penetration

In years with less rainfall, soil compaction can negatively affect plant growth by stunting the root system because of poor water circulation. In wet years, soil compaction can negatively affect plants by decreasing aeration and increasing the potential for root diseases.

So how can you know if your soil is compacted and what can you do about it?

The experts at Gregory Landscape Services can help!

There are many ways to diagnose soil compaction ranging from looking for bare spots with no growth, shallow root systems or puddling water. Heavy clay soils are more susceptible to compaction.

Gregory Landscape Services can help to identify areas of potential compaction and work with you to diagnose the best path forward for the health of your yard and landscaping. Contact us today to find out how! #GregoryLandscapeServices #landscapeservices #landscaping #landscapedesign #landscapeinstallation #turfmanagement #irrigation #landscapelighting #landscapelightingdesign