Soil Quality Restoration Program

before and after lawn

Program Description: In an effort to promote quality stormwater programs, the City is offering a program and allocating funds for materials and labor associated with Soil Quality Restoration (SQR). The City will secure a qualified contractor to conduct SQR on 40-50 residential homes. The City will fund 50% of projected costs towards the project, up to a maximum of $1,000. The homeowner will be responsible for payment of the remaining project costs. Funding is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Projected Timeline*

  • City Council awards contract to qualified contractor-June 14, 2021
  • Applications are available on a first come, first served basis-June 15, 2021.
  • Applications are due-July 16, 2021.
  • Payments for the homeowner’s contribution are due-August 23, 2021.
  • Projects begin for those homeowners that filed an application and made full payment-after September 1, 2021.

*This is a rough estimate of a timeline and details are subject to change*

What is Soil Quality Restoration?  The key to a healthy lawn is healthy soil. To achieve healthy soil on established lawns, soil quality restoration uses deep aeration (core aeration) and topdressing with compost (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick layer). For new lawns or new construction, there is another method that involves tilling in topsoil before seeding or laying sod. The process of soil quality restoration reduces compaction, increases pore space in the soil, and improves organic matter content. This improves the health and functionality of soils. Organic matter gives the landscape the ability to act like a sponge and absorb rain. Soils rich in organic matter also support entire ecosystems of beneficial organisms (microbes, worms, insects) that contribute to healthy lawns.

Soil quality restoration helps provide your lawn with these key things:

  • Adds nutrients lawns need without additional fertilizers
  • Reduces compaction
  • Increases organic matter content
  • Enables your lawn to soak up and store more water

To learn more, watch this short video 

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Updates regarding the SQR project will be posted on our City website when available.