Soil Amendments with Gypsum in College Station, TX

Deeper roots and lawn disease prevention with soil amendment services from the pros at The Fertilizer Guy.

Why is Gypsym Necessary for Texas Lawns?

With the hot, dry years we’ve had you might have been forced to water much more than you would have liked using either city water or a municipalities water. Both of which are not good for the long-term health of our soil and subsequently our grass, because it introduces a lot of sodium to the soil.

The sodium prevents grass from up-taking nutrients nearly as efficiently and that’s a problem, especially in our heavy clay soil here in the College Station area that binds to those sodium ions.

Additionally, lawns that continually struggle with fungal problems are great candidates for regular gypsum applications. Oftentimes, fungal growth in a lawn stems from high pH soil and too high sodium levels from years of city water use.

So, what can you do to help with these problems and what do all the golf courses and sports fields around our area do to help with them? They all apply gypsum.


Graphic showing the benefits of lawn aeration in three stages: Before aeration, AFter Core Removal, and 6-8 weeks later

Gypsum Application Combined with Core Aeration

Gypsum Application

Gypsum, a mineral present in our clay soil, releases sodium ions and enhances nutrient absorption by the grass and soil. This fosters deeper root growth, contributing to increased drought tolerance. Additionally, the inclusion of sulfur in gypsum aids in gradually lowering soil pH, addressing the prevalent issue of high soil pH in the Brazos Valley, resulting in improved nutrient uptake and utilization by the grass.

Core Aeration

Soil amendment services with gypsum here in the College Station area are great, but if the soil is too compacted for the gypsum to penetrate the soil to release the sodium ion, the pH of the soil will remain the same. That’s why we recommend core aeration in combination with our soil amendment service if your lawn experiences heavy compaction from foot, pet, or heavy mower traffic. However, we always recommend applying gypsum to your lawn in spring, summer, and fall regardless of core aeration due to the typical pH of College Station lawns.


Want to Know More?

Learn more about our liquid and core aeration services here.

Your Lawn Needs More than Gypsum

If your lawn is struggling to grow in thick and healthy despite how much you water, there could be plenty of other issues other than the high pH that our gypsum applications help solve.

Gypsum frees up the sodium ion from the clay but doesn’t provide the nutrients grass needs like our fertilization treatments provide. Additionally, soil compaction is also another factor. If soil is too compacted, gypsum treatments can be ineffective as it won’t be able to penetrate the soil.

That why we always recommend combining a gypsum treatment with core aeration for ensured performance followed by an annual fertilization plan.

You can learn more about our other lawn treatment services on our lawn care services page.

Ready to Get Started?

Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll get back to you soon!