A Few Comments about Constructing New Lawns or Completely Renovating an Existing LawnLandscape Nova Scotia's Soils and Compost Use Guidelines specify the quality of soil that is desirable for low and high traffic lawns under high, medium or low maintenance. High maintenance refers to chemically intensive management. Ecological management would be rated medium or low.
Depth of Soil
The minimum depths of soil are specified for 3 situations:Compost and Fertilizer Supplements
For soils low in organic matter (less than 3-4%), which includes most manufactured topsoils, (see Section IV (Factors) Part 7 of this website) 1 to 2 inches ( 2.5 to 5 cm) of compost should be added and worked in to 5 to 7 inches (13 to 18 cm) with a rototiller or by hand digging.
Sodding or seeding
If grass is established by use of sod and the sod is mostly Kentucky bluegrass (which it usually is), the sod should be overseeded with diverse grasses in the fall. If the new turf is being established from seed, a diverse seed mix should be used (See subsection (1) under Control by Redesign on this website).
Page posted 18 May 2004
Modified 7 Mar. 2006