Turf Surface Hardness

Why measure soil compaction?
The soil is the plants reservoir of water, nutrients and oxygen. Compacted soil has less pore space to store what the plant needs. Soil compaction prevents moisture penetration, reduces fertiliser and chemical uptake, creates conditions for anaerobic microbes to build up and hinders plant root growth. In some cases, yield losses can run as high as 30% due to compaction alone.

ETP Turf can assist in several ways by conducting independent ground safety audits and measuring of surface hardness using the latest soil compaction technology meters including Clegg Impact Hammer and penetrometers combined with visual assessments.

  • A comprehensive report that highlights grounds that have high injury potential and require remedial action

Soil Compaction meters are used to determine the density of soil and other material. An operator pushes a rod with attached (ASAE standard) cone into the ground. The resistance of the cone is displayed as it is pushed in the ground.

Unseen soil compaction can limit root growth and water and nutrient absorption. This compaction meter enables you to identify compacted areas in pounds per square inch so that you can use deep tillage or other practices recommended for your area based on hard facts.