The soil quality restoration project requires specialized equipment to perform.

Step 1: Request a Quote

To start the ball rolling, request a quote to send a message to all qualified local landscaping companies. If you already know the landscaping company that you want to work with, you can contact them directly.

Step 2: Contractor Visit

The qualified contractors will schedule a visit to your home to measure your lawn, contact Iowa one-call for locations of utilities in your yard, and give you an estimate.

Step 3: Submit Application to the City of Iowa City

Reimbursement must be approved by the city before the service is performed. Submit your application online or download and print the application.

Step 4: Aeration

Once you hire the contractor and select the date, they will go over your lawn with an aerator to bring plugs of the soil up to the surface. This will create temporary holes in your lawn.

Step 5: Compost Application

The last thing the contractor will do add compost to fill in those holes to help grow a green, lush, lawn.

Step 6: Water

Your lawn will need a lot of water until the grass sprouts. Your contractor will advise you on how much to water, and when.

Step 7: Enjoy!

With a little time (and water) your yard will look great!


Contact a qualified landscaping contractor through our Request Quote link, or Contact City of Iowa City's Stormwater Specialist Chad Arp at 319-356-5158 or email