How to Repair Bad Lawn Soil

Grass needs a few basic things to live: Sunlight, water, and soil. However, in order to thrive—and to give you the lush, green lawn you’re striving for—your grass needs those things in specific quantities and qualities. While it’s relatively easy to determine how much sun or water your lawn is getting, determining the quality of your soil takes a bit more effort. That’s why soil testing is so important! Take a look below the surface to find out if your yard is in need of soil restoration, soil remediation, or top-dressing…And learn how to improve soil quality with these tips from the Atlanta lawncare experts at Simply Green. 

Do You Have Bad Lawn Soil?

If your lawn is patchy, wilted, or dying, it’s important to determine the cause and find a solution as early as possible to mitigate the damage to your landscaping. Instead of experimenting blindly, call us for a soil test to learn exactly what your lawn is asking for. Whether it’s a pH imbalance, a nutrient deficiency, or pollution, we can help you discover the culprit and make a plan for fixing it. 

How to Improve Bad Lawn Soil

Some of the most common soil ailments can be remedied with these methods:


If your lawn is compacted from foot traffic or other causes, aeration can make a huge difference in improving the quality of your soil. The aeration process removes small plugs of soil to allow for increased air flow, and allows water and nutrients to more efficiently reach the roots. 


Soil can become “worn out” from repeated planting over the years, or a lack of organic matter in the soil. Professional lawn fertilization can revive the soil with much-needed nutrients, giving your grass the “food” it needs to fuel its growth, giving you a strong, hardy lawn. 

Introducing Beneficial Microorganisms

While lawn fertilization is important, remember that there can be too much of a good thing. Excessive fertilization can throw your lawn soil out of whack, killing the good microorganisms that decompose organic materials and negatively altering the pH balance of the soil. Lack of oxygen due to compacted soil can also kill off those vital microorganisms. 

The microorganisms in your lawn include bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, and protozoa. Just as humans need the right balance of gut flora to properly digest food, your lawn needs the proper balance of microbes. Soil microbes process atmospheric nitrogen, which your grass needs to grow. If those microbes die, it’s crucial to re-introduce microorganisms to the lawn by adding compost, mulch, or the needed microbes themselves. Soil additives like mycorrhizal fungi or soil nematodes can restore the balance and get your lawn back on track for healthy growth this spring!

About Simply Green Lawn Care

Picture of a Simply Green Spray Technician treating a lawn

Simply Green aims to provide the highest quality lawn care, mosquito control, and lawn pest control services to Georgia residents.


We are locally owned and operated which allows us to be accessible, attentive, and responsive for customers in Georgia.


Our well-trained team is easy to work with and determined to exceed expectations.


All our plant health care specialists are Georgia Department of Agriculture Certified and maintain their Category 24 applicators license.

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gloria richardsongloria richardson
12:50 12 Dec 22
Ben is wonderful! He always answers all of my questions, please don’t take him away from our route!!!Also the office always texts few days before they are coming so we always know what date they are coming. Great customer service!!!
CJ BrieskeCJ Brieske
17:16 11 Nov 22
Have used Simply Green for over a year now for weed control & fertilization. Their service & products have helped improve the appearance & health of my grass in this short time. Taffari has been the technician the last few visits and he is great - super knowledgeable & able to answer my questions. On the last visit Taffari had the service manager reach out on a concern and it was addressed & resolved the same day.
Mitch FergusonMitch Ferguson
16:54 04 Nov 22
Taffari the lawn treatment person was professional and knowledgeable of all aspects of the service that he gave me. I would highly recommend him and Simply Green.
Andrea MooreAndrea Moore
14:19 04 May 22
Simply Green is the friendliest and most professional company I have dealt with. Always on time, and quality work. My yard has never looked better. If I have any questions the response is quick and efficient..I would recommend them to anyone looking for lawn care company
Elder Ron Brown Sr.Elder Ron Brown Sr.
23:43 17 Sep 21
Simply Green Lawn Care has really done a wonderful job with my yard. They keep the weeds out and it always looks crisp and green.

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