Soil Sampling

top_soil_samplingOne of the first steps in producing (pre-sodding, seeding) and maintaining an attractive lawn is to analyze a representative soil sample from the lawn area. All new grass sites, as well as existing lawns, should be tested so if any amendment (lime) needs to be added, they can be incorporated into the top of the soil. Lawns should be tested yearly to determine P.H. levels and or any other amendments that are critical for proper plant (grass) growth.
A soil analysis report supplies a wealth of information concerning the nutritional status of the soil, and may aid in the detection of potential problems that could limit turf grass growth and color. A typical soil analysis supplies information relative to soil acidity, lime requirements (P.H.) and phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium status of the soil. If the soil sample dictates a low P.H. or acidic soil, lime stone may be required to adjust the P.H. Lime stone is a natural mineral which neutralizes acid and toxic elements, improves soil structure, promotes healthy bacteria, and enhances nutrient availability. Lime stone also supplies calcium and magnesium – two important nutrients missing from many fertilizers.