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Areas with high traffic or high clay content often become compacted.
Where soil is compacted, thin spots or completely bare areas may
develop and broadleaf weeds or annual grasses often invade. Compacted
soils are difficult to penetrate with a soil probe or screwdriver.
Aerating the soil can alleviate
some compaction. For seriously compacted areas, consider renovation.
Amend soil to counteract
high clay content. Consider replanting with a turf
species that is tolerant to heavy traffic. Avoid mowing lawns
when they are wet to prevent compaction.