Treading Lightly Gives Soil a Chance

Turf machinery tyres which apply minimal downward pressure give the soil a better chance of doing its job of supporting a healthy grassed surface.

Agronomist Phil Toy has applied this principle after assessing the importance of chemical and physical properties of soil.

“I found that much of the good work to improve soil properties can be undone if we don’t look at the factors that lead to early re-compaction or disturbance of the surface,” he said.

“One of the culprits has been tractors with standard tyres that have high point pressure and dig into the soil, leaving ruts and scruffing the turf with every pass.”