Collecting and Submitting a Soil Analysis

Collecting and Submitting a Soil Analysis

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Collecting and Submitting a Soil Analysis

Your soil’s health is what determines the overall health of your grass and other plants. When you work from the ground up, you are ensuring superior grass quality. Fertilizing your lawn regularly is good practice to make sure your grass is getting nutrients, but what if you aren’t sure which exact nutrients your lawn may be needing at the time? For example, you may be applying an abundance of nitrogen, but you aren’t really seeing a difference in your grass quality. Or you may be noticing that grass isn’t growing as well in some areas of your lawn as others, but you aren’t sure why.

The best way to diagnose a problem before spending money and time on other solutions is to collect and submit a soil analysis on your yard. A soil analysis will inform you of all the nutrients you need in your lawn. One of the best times to conduct a soil analysis is when you are about to install new sod into your yard because it allows you to see what nutrients you may need after the installation process is finished. However, it is never a bad idea to conduct a soil analysis if you need to see what nutrients your lawn needs. This week, Sod University features a guest blog on collecting and submitting a soil analysis by the marketing and sales team of Soil Kit. Soil Kit provides you with the whole soil analysis package: they will send you a soil analysis kit that you can send in for analysis and then receive results. They will then provide you with a lab report and customized soil treatment recommendations to keep your lawn and garden healthy.

By the marketing and sales team of Soil Kit

Are you having a problem with your lawn or garden? If so, you are not alone as up to 70 percent of homeowners reported dissatisfaction in a recent national survey. Start the solution where the problem begins: in the soil. The USDA recommends that you conduct an annual soil sample to allow for detection of soil quality and changes. Soil Kit has simplified this complicated process in a way that customers can easily and quickly conduct a soil sample and understand the results.

The lawn or garden that you see on the surface is always a product of the soil in which it grows. If the soil is nutrient balanced with proper fertility, then the lawn will be healthy and beautiful. To assure nutrient balance, correct fertility application and proper pH range, you should perform an annual professional soil test as a base for corrective action in  soil chemistry and provide the environment for optimal plant health. Annual soil testing is advocated by the US Department of Agriculture. Soil Kit recommendations also eliminate the over-application of nutrients that can cause damage to our environment

Soil Kit performs this service for the homeowner with an inexpensive, user-friendly and quick soil test system providing easy-to-understand recommendations for correcting soil and nutrient deficiencies. The analysis is done by a leading national laboratory and the recommendations are ready in seven to 10 days. The lab tests for pH and includes the amount of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, boron, zinc, manganese and iron in the soil. These are presented in a low, medium, adequate and high graphic range analysis to support the recommendations for corrective nutrient action by the homeowner. Most importantly, the recommendations are tailored to your location, time of year, size of lawn or garden, type of crop or grass and presented in precise product and quantity recommendations.

Soil Kit is easy to use. Simply follow the directions on the bag and on our Soil Kit website:

  1. Register your kit on soilkit.com.
  2. Collect soil from four areas of your lawn or garden and place it in the test bag.
  3. Mail in the sample bag in the postage-paid mailer.
  4. Our leading national agricultural lab will test your soil with in-depth analysis.
  5. Results are easy to understand and recommendations are delivered to you in your soilkit.com dashboard via email.
  6. Take your report back to the store and know that you will return home with exactly what your lawn needs without more chemicals that might damage your lawn or the environment.

In discussing home sales, professional realtors always tout location and curb appeal as major contributors to a highly sellable home. While it is difficult to do anything about location, maintaining a healthy lawn is doable by the homeowner and will certainly add curb appeal and value to the home.

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Soil Kit differs greatly from a local extension office. Not everyone knows where their local extension office is located or has the time to visit an extension office and pay for the analysis, lab fee, and shipping just to receive an analysis that’s hard to read. Soil Kit provides a quick and easy soil sample convenient to the homeowner who doesn’t have to leave the comfort of their own home. With a comprehensible analysis, users are able to understand which nutrients are missing from their lawn and are provided with solution recommendations.

Overall, a soil analysis kit can be used to test the soil to determine the health of your grass. It will help you balance your soil’s pH so that when you apply nutrients like fertilizer, your grass is able to actually absorb the nutrients. If your soil’s pH is off, nutrients won’t be properly absorbed, meaning the fertilizer your apply may be a waste of money. Discover exactly what your lawn needs so that you can have a lawn that lives up to its full potential.

Sod University offers a few other blogs that may be helpful in finding the right solution for your lawn’s nutrient needs. If your analysis comes back stating you need more micronutrients such as iron, zinc, manganese or magnesium, be sure to check out our blog: Are Micronutrients Missing From Your Lawn Care Program? If you want to learn more about balancing your nitrogen levels out in your soil, read more in Why is Carbon Important to Your Lawn? Lastly, Sod University recommends the Lawnifi™ Fertilizer Annual Subscription program for your lawn. You can read more about our choice of fertilizers at Get Your Lawn Drinking Its Nutrients or by visiting Lawnifi.com.

Want to learn more about achieving a great lawn? Check out our other Sod University tips here.

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