Soil pH Testing
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About Soil pH Testing
Soil pH Testing Gives Your Lawn:
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Your Complete Home Soil pH Testing
Lime application is a practice of applying an agent to reduce soil acidity (raise pH) and make soils more favorable for turf-grass growth. Soil pH affects turf-grass health by influencing availability of plant nutrients and other elements, thatch decomposition, some turf-grass pests, and pesticide activity. All this sounds great – however, if someone tells you that you need a “Lime Application” it is most likely not correct and cannot be known unless you have had a Scientific Soil Analysis & pH Test completed on your lawn. In fact, most of the lawns that we test do not even need Lime – a good potion of the lawns we have tested over the years need an application of Sulfur – not lime.
So let’s say your Scientific Soil Analysis & pH Test says you do need lime: what kind of lime do you need? This is also very important and can not be known without a soil test. There is both Calcidic OR Dolomitic Lime that can be used on a lawn. It is very important that if your soil test comes back saying that you need to amend your soil with lime you know the answer to two very important questions:
1: How much lime. (usually expressed in lbs per 1000)
2: What kind of Lime, Dolomitic or Calcific.
Looking for soil testing near you? Let the professionals at Lawn Dog help you determine any problems your lawn may have. A precise soil pH test can help determine the right soil treatment you may need. This will save you money and time!
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$0.00. If you are our client – and you sign up and complete our full lawn fertilization and weed control program then we include this at no charge to you.
We think that is a great question! We do this because it is incredibly important to us that we give your lawn exactly enough of what it needs, and not too much of things it does not need. We firming believe in being responsible stewards of the environment and use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) This means we Lawn Dog’s adjustment & control materials to be selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and nontarget organisms, and the environment.
Because it is vital information we need to ensure your lawn looks the best. And quite frankly – we want you to be a Lawn Dog client for life – it is important to us that we get every detail right on the products we apply to your lawn – and that we are applying the CORRECT amount to your lawn.
Once we get the test results back we send you the results along with the recommendations specific to your lawn. The test looks like the one we have on this page. With the test results we will also let you know exactly what your lawn needs and how much that would cost.
Typically, it costs about the same price as one of your application. This will vary though slightly as products like Lime, cost less than products like Phosphorus. So, it will all depend on what your specific test results yield and the amount of product your lawn needs.
Well let’s start with this. We offer two types of tests for our clients.
Basic or Premium.
The basic will give you all the basic things you need. Includes Soil pH, Buffer pH (when needed), Organic Matter, Available Phosphorus, Exchangable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), and Percent Base Saturation of Cation Elements. Fertility recommendations are given for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and lime by plant species on a special turf and ornamental soil analysis report with a graphic display of results.
The premium will additional give you Boron, Nitrate Nitrogen, Sodium, Soluble Salts and Sulfur. Additional fertility recommendations for boron and sulfur included on the report.