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11 Dec 2020

Why You Should Test Your Lawn’s Soil | Home Soil Testing Explained

Home lawn soil testing is the best way to find out exactly what is going on with your soil. Soil tests are used to measure the nutrients that your soil provides to plants and recommend corrective steps for any problems. Performing a soil test will provide you with helpful information and insights into establishing lawn fertility goals. Testing should be done regularly as part of your lawn maintenance schedule.

How to Sample Your Soil for Testing

To perform a home lawn soil test, you will need several soil samples from your lawn. You can either test several spots independently or mix soil from around the lawn to get a general idea of how the whole lawn is doing.

Soil samples should be collected about two to three inches below the surface of the soil. Use a trowel or a spoon to collect the sample. You should not touch it with your hands as residue from your body could affect the results.

Put each sample in a separate container and label it with where it came from. For home lawn soil testing, we recommend taking a sample from every corner of the lawn. You should also collect a sample from the center as well as any place that is different from the rest of the lawn, such as a sunny spot or a spot that does not drain very well.

What a Soil Test Measures

Home lawn soil tests measure a variety of nutrients that are essential for your lawn. Most commonly, results found in testing kits include the pH level of the soil, as well as levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potash or potassium.

pH Levels

The pH level of your lawn is essential because all plants grow best at a specific pH level. If the pH level is too high or too low, your grass will not be able to use the nutrients in the soil and thus will not grow as strongly as it could.

The ideal pH for different kinds of grass varies, but most grasses like acidic soil. If your pH needs to be higher (more alkaline) you can add hydrated lime or even ashes from your fireplace. To lower pH (more acidic), ground rock sulfur is a popular additive. However, sawdust, composted leaves, and leaf mold are also beneficial for lowering the pH of your soil.

Nitrogen

Your soil needs to have the correct amount of nitrogen because nitrogen will make your grass leafy and full. If there's not enough nitrogen in your soil, your lawn will be more susceptible to pest infestation and disease. However, if there is too much nitrogen, the focus is on green growth at the expense of flowers and seeds. While this is not really a problem for lawns, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is especially useful if you are planning to sod your lawn because it stimulates root growth, gives plants a healthy start, and makes them mature faster. Phosphorus also helps plants to bloom and form seeds. While this is not so vital in the lawn, it is useful in other parts of the garden.

Potassium

Potassium or potash helps achieve early root formation, which is vital when growing grass from seed. Potassium also helps to protect your plants from drought and frost and will help make your grass stronger.

Using Home Soil Test Results

Understanding the nutrients in your lawn is only half the battle. Correctly applying the necessary corrective action based on the test results can be the deciding factor of your lawn’s health. With over 35 years of experience transforming lawns, our eight-treatment lawn plan is the best way to achieve a stronger, healthier lawn year-round! Learn more about our treatment plans or give us a call at (215) 364-7000 for a FREE quote!

 

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10 Jun 2019
Lawn Care

Lawn Service Near Me Benefits

There are many benefits for using a lawn service company near you. Especially if the company has been in business for a long period of time and is family owned and operated. With many benefits, such as knowledge of soil, grass and the local experience over the years. We are perfect for all customers looking to protect their lawn, trees, and shrubs. Below are some key benefits and services we offer to our Blue Grass Lawn Service family of customers.

Knowing Your Trees and Shrubs

Knowing the area and the climate we created a 9 step tree and shrub care program provides nutrients, controls damage due to insects and prevents damage due to hot, dry weather conditions. The need for expert tree and shrub care often goes overlooked, but a flourishing landscape will greatly enhance the overall health and appearance of your property while increasing its value. Blue Grass Lawn Service & Landscaping offers a range of tree and shrub care services designed to give your landscape the nutrients, protection, and conditions it needs to thrive.

Lawn Care Needs

Based on the needs of your lawn we offer a variety of optional services to extend protection and help your lawn thrive throughout the season.

  • Promotes strong roots and thick, beautiful turf
  • Improve oxygen uptake ability
  • Defend your yard against ticks & fleas
  • Prevent damage due to turf diseases
  • Prevent damage caused by white grubs

We are a one-stop shop for seeding, aeration, flea and tick control, grub control. With us, we are only a phone call away and we consider everyone a customer, not a number. Owner-Operator Mitch Lynd is a phone call away. Whether you are a current customer or not, Mitch is always there to answer any questions or concerns!

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15 May 2018
What You Can Grow In Shady Spaces

Article: What You Can Grow In Shady Spaces

All shade is not equal. knowing what you can grow in shady spaces is important. Some shady conditions will yield more produce than others will, while some areas are better left for hostas and moss. Gardeners should be familiar with the different types of shade, but should also keep in mind that measuring how much shade your garden gets isn’t always easy.

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28 Feb 2018
Ideas for Landscaping Property Lines

Ideas for Landscaping Property Lines

What is it that you’re hoping to accomplish in landscaping your property line? Once you answer that over-arching question, many of the details will fall into place (with a little aid from the ideas we present here). As you’ll see from reading the information below, deciding on how to landscape a boundary largely comes down to sifting through your various options.

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