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Getting a Soil Test

What's Under Your Soil?

To improve your soil, you need to understand what you have in order to apply the right soil amendments. The best way to test your soil is to send a sample to a C… Read more »

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Step 3: Amend the Soil

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This is your best opportunity to add amendments such as fertilizer, organic matter, and lime or sulfur.  Use a soil test… Read more » to determine the best amend

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Step 3. Adjust Your Soil’s pH

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It is best to test your own soil… Read more », or obtain test results from a professional testing service, before applying any amendments. If your soil test shows that

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Step 4. Add Nutrients

Fertilizer Guidelines

Use a slow-release fertilizer… Read more », and avoid putting down more fertilizer than you need.  Adding too much nitrogen can cause rapid growth and a thinning of

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Step 5: Planting Your New Lawn

Planting Your Lawn

There are four methods to planting a new lawn: Sod, Seed, Sprigs, and Plugs.    
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Apply a starter fertilizer high in phosphorus, such as 2:1:1 or 1… Read more »

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Step 5. Increase Organic Matter and Microbes

Compost

Applying fertilizer will not help if your soil does not contain an adequate population of microbes; you need billions of these microscopic organisms pe… Read more »

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Work on the Down Low to Improve What’s on Top

What's Under Your Soil?

Read more »Horticulturists agree that time spent improving what is happening below the surface of a lawn greatly reduces the time needed to maintain what is on top o

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What is a Soil Amendment?

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Adding a soil amendment… Read more », also called a soil conditioner, helps improve plant growth and health.  The type of amendment or amendments added depends on t

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