Acidic soil is unreceptive to fertilizer, which makes it difficult for your grass to absorb nutrients. The only way to know for sure is to test the pH level of your soil. If the pH level is too acidic, you can correct this problem with a lime application. For this month’s blog, we’d like to discuss the numerous benefits of soil testing.
How Soil Testing Can Help Your Lawn
What Is Soil Testing
Essentially, a soil test is like having bloodwork done – for your lawn. A licensed professional will come out and take 10-15 small samples from various parts of your yard, combine the results, and deliver a report.
This will tell you several things:
- Which nutrients your lawn lacks or has in abundance
- The pH level of your soil
- If there are any pollutants or contaminants in your soil
Generally, you should conduct a soil test every three to five years.
The Benefits of Soil Testing
Take Out the Guesswork
Without having your turf tested, you’re essentially blindly throwing darts at a wall. You’ve invested time and money into your yard. Give it the loving care it deserves! You will receive a detailed report that outlines what specific problems your lawn is facing. Once you’ve diagnosed these problems, you can take the first steps towards treating them. Generally, you’ll need to correct an imbalance of nutrients or pH levels.
Know Your Nutrients
A sample of your yard’s soil is removed and tested for nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. In this way, your lawn care professionals will know exactly what your grass craves. Plus, you can make sure not to overfertilize in the future. This can lead to damage in the form of burned out roots, uneven growth, and brown patches.
You’ll Know If Your Soil Contains Contaminants
You’ll also be alerted to any contaminants in your soil that you may not have realized are there. There are many causes of soil contamination. The contaminants themselves could be something as simple as the overuse of winter salt to industrial pollutants that have been in the ground for decades. If you discover something unsavory lurking in the earth, you can discuss removal options with your lawn care professional.
You’ll Know the pH Level
This is perhaps the most important information you’ll get out of your report. If you’re testing soil for pH, and it’s out of balance, your lawn may not be receptive to the nutrients and fertilizer that is applied. There’s no point in laying down fertilizer if your lawn won’t absorb it. If that’s the case, you’re literally throwing away money. To correct an overly acidic lawn, ask your lawn care professional about a lime application.
Improve the Quality of Your Soil – Contact 4everGreen Turf Management
If your lawn looks drab or doesn’t respond to fertilizer, don’t fret! Call the experts at 4everGreen Turf Management! Our comprehensive soil test will test us exactly what to feed your lawn to satisfy its cravings, from fertilizer to a lime application. Call us today at 401-398-8850 or contact us online here. Check out our blog for even more lawn care tips.