testing soil

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mykster, Mar 14, 2002.

  1. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
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    Did a search on this but, I didn't really find the reason why you do soil tests. What kind of things are you looking for when doing this? And, what does it tell you about the soil? Do you do this on every new client you pick-up?
     
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    levels of major plant nutrients, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium

    levels of plant micronutrients, including copper, manganese, sulfur and zinc

    levels of sodium

    pH and acidity

    soil class

    percent base saturation

    percent humic matter
     
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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  4. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
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    Unable to read the fil you sent. we have two computers in this house. Mine's in my office and would open this file. The one that is online is in our bedroom and is a piece of crap!!! And is unable to open the file seeming how it's a 386 and barely runs. Thanks anyway TSG.
     
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    You need Acrobat reader..

    Write the link down and check it out at the office..

    I could copy and paste it (10 pages) for email.. if you have Word or Word Perfect...

    My first post is the basic summary

    let me know
     
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do soil samples to help determine the intervals, amounts, and types of fertilizing (including weed control) products I need for my customer.

    Normally the soil sample test is done free for a new customer because 99.99% of the time I will get them to agree on a fert. program.

    And I will also market other services such as core aeration, dethatching, overseeding, etc.
     
  7. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
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