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Why is my yard so soft and spongey

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by B16bri, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. B16bri

    B16bri LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    Hey guys I'm buying my first house and the yard is soft and spongey in areas and they homeowner says in heavy rains the yard gets very wet. What could be the problem how can I make the yard harder? I live near the woods and I think the yard has moles and I know that can add to the softness but I'm not sure that's the whole issue so what will cause the yard to be so soft when dry and so wet during heavy rain and whats the best way to get rid of moles ? Grub control ? FYI the gads is actually really green and looks to be in good shape just soft
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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,211

    Moles don't help. Plenty of moles will continually invade turf areas from nearby forest.
    Naturally, overwet soil will be very soft. This means you need to improve drainage. Professional firms can do this if you shop around carefully. They should have trenching equipment, a knowledge of soil physical properties, laser leveling or transits, and give you a choice of French drains or plastic drainage tiles. There could be springs under the lawn (drains needed).
    Naturally, severe grub infestations will cause the grass to feel spongy as you walk on it. Grubs usually attract a lot of skunks, and birds in the fall.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    You need to see what kind of soil you have... how much thatch there is... and what is it like when its dry... the term 'soft yard' is very nondescript...

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