Regular soil testing is important to provide a starting point for you lawn and soil requirements. Soil testing provides an estimate of the plant available nutrients in the soil and is an essential tool for creating a strong fertilization program and a healthy law. Why make unnecessary soil amending applications; guessing at what you can check. Periodic soil testing will help to correct nutrient deficiencies, avoid excess fertilizer applications and maintain a healthy lawn. B & B Maintenance can provide you with a tested starting point for our service recommendations.
When should a soil test be conducted?
- Before establishing a new lawn, either from seed or sod.
- Every three years on established lawns.
- Annually when attempting to correct a nutrient deficiency or to change the soil pH.
- When fertilizers containing phosphate or potash have been used on a regular basis for a number of years.
The basic on-site soil test includes:
- pH Analysis - This will measure the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. It will indicate whether your lawn needs additional limestone or sulfur to bring the soil pH within reasonable levels.
The complex laboratory soil test includes:
- pH Analysis - This will measure the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. It will
indicate whether your lawn needs additional limeston or sulfur to bring
the soil pH within reasonable levels
- Level of Macro-nutriens - Phosphorus, Potassium and Nitrogen are a necessity for healthy and hardy turf growth.
- Level of Micro-nutrients - Iron, calcium, zinc, boron, manganese, magnesium, copper, etc. are all required in the soil to deter weeds, disease, pests and to promote a healthy, dense lawn.
- Type of soil - Knowing whether your soil is sandy, loam or composed of clay will help you indicate potential problems with compaction or drainage.
- Levels of Organic Matter - Decomposed plant materials add organic matter to your soil. This is required for healthy soil structure and water retention.