WHY SHOULD YOU TEST YOUR LAWN SOIL?

Test-And-Improve-Your-Soil-hero-101724964Whether you live in an area with acidic soils or clay soils, it’s important to test your lawn soils. Probably you’re one of those living in areas where you’re not blessed with good soil in which to plant grass. You understand that the grasses in your lawn need good soil for them to grow healthy. Here is what you need to know about testing your lawn soil.

Nutrients for your lawn

Your lawn soil needs three important nutrients namely potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus. Known as primary macronutrients, these nutrients play a very important role when it comes to the development of grass roots, stem and leaves. Other nutrients that are needed in smaller quantities include calcium, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, iron, nickel and more.

When you hire a professional lawn care service, they may perform a routine fertilizer application to add either of the three primary macronutrients to your lawn. How will you know that your soil lacks any of these nutrients? How will you know there’s enough of these nutrients in your lawn soil? Well, your grass consumes a lot of nitrogen and potassium meaning you need to supply these two nutrients frequently. Now, you’re not going to just apply any amount of fertilizer assuming you’re supplying these nutrients. It’s important that you determine the minimum amount that’s required for optimal growth and healthy turf grass.

You can hire a professional lawn care service to take soil sample from throughout your lawn and perform necessary tests. These test results will help you come up with a plan of action on how to improve the health of your lawn soil. The best management practice for testing your lawn soil is performing it every year or after every three years. It all depends with the professional service you’re working with. Just remember that soil chemistry is never static and the best way to maximize the effectiveness of your enhancements is to monitor the progress.