Soil Sampling can be vital to a lawn’s health!
Having your lawn’s soil sampled for nutrients and deficiencies should be done every three years. Often overlooked by homeowners, this simple test can show you exactly what your grass needs to grow healthy and strong. By doing this you can save time and money on fertilizers and other lawn care products.
For a modest fee the University of Wisconsin soil sample analysis laboratory will test your soil and send you a detailed reading. The ph scale measures the alkaline and acidity of your soil with a range of 0-14, 7 being neutral, below 7 is acidic and above 7 is alkaline. The optimum ph range that your soil performs the best is between 6.5 and 7. Test results will tell you what your counts of natural elements are and you can add those for immediate help.
For your grass to give you its best results you need to fix your soil. By raking in an organic compost top dressing of ¼ to ½ inch twice a year, you can increase the health of your soil. Also adding compost tea will help. Mowing at a height between 3-4 inches will grow stronger roots and help the soil. When your soil is compacted you will have to aerate by pulling up plugs of soil to let oxygen and moisture in while giving roots room to grow.
Overall you will get many benefits from having your lawn tested and you will be happy you did!