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Old 09-11-2012, 07:52 AM
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How often should you take a soil test?

I took one for a customer earlier this year and the soil needed 40lb of lime per 1000. I did that and was just wandering how often to get one done?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:19 AM
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I took one for a customer earlier this year and the soil needed 40lb of lime per 1000. I did that and was just wandering how often to get one done?
"If the soil was in need of correction, such as liming, then testing once a year may be in order to monitor the progress. If the report indicated that only slight correction was needed, then once every two or three years should be fine. "

Found on: http://www.lawn-care-academy.com/soil-tests.html

PH buffer measures how easily the PH of the soil can be changed I believe, so if the soil is easily changed then I would also consider yearly test be done.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:20 AM
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pH never gets permanently changed, so if you need lime this year, you'll need it every year... question is:
Is the pH off enough, to even affect the grass???

I've quit liming because I was tired of it and everything is still growing just fine... but obviously I'm only speaking in theory and make no claims that your lawns will be just fine... what I'm saying is,,, the range for grasses is pretty wide, and it is the cultural practice that make the biggest difference... JMO...
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:19 PM
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Soils from one region to the next will change and have variability. Soils in one town to another can vary. Soil will vary from North, South,East and West of a given area.
Since as it was stated that turfgrass will grow in many situations, it is a science and practice to do a test once every other year.
What is surprising to me is---One state will test for one thing and use a different kind of test method than all.
I find that in Arkansas--Agriculture is the norm--The Melich 3 test is used widely. I can't help but get angry to survey the forms with my crop of choice for testing. I check the box for turfgrass. The test results come back the same for grass as it would for soybeans.
The state will advise you to apply the same product on grass as you would for cotton.

Make soil tests according to State requirements and what changes that need to be made if in the event of a nutrient deficiency. My State offers these tests for free.......but my time isn't free. So, there needs to be a real reason to offer a soil test before going into my time.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:37 PM
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I do a ph test in spring and fall
Only do full soil test on new acct. or if the lawn isnt looking right
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