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Best time for soil test

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by CL&T, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    Is there a best time to do a soil test for cool season turf? I've always felt it didn't matter as long as it's during the growing season.
  2. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    Before you write a proposal, give a price, and order materials. Then sometimes again the following season to see if your work has things headed in the expected direction.

    Generally, anytime is fine but I wait at least a month after applying any fertilizer that contains more than N alone.
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,218

    Soon as you can.
    However. I found that soil tests were difficult in the winter. I don't weigh much--and I cannot penetrate frozen soil.
    Sometimes deep snow will have unfrozen ground beneath it. Sometimes soil near the house will have thawed enough for a sample to be taken.

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