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first ever soil test?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by d.m.d., Oct 15, 2006.

  1. d.m.d.

    d.m.d. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    did my first testing today with the cheap hardware store soil test kit.my front yard is zoysia and came back an 8.0 ph.and my back yard is heavily shaded by an oak tree and gets a lot of acorns on it.it is a bear to get grass to grow there and it checked at 7.0 ph.where do i go from here?
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    what you did was a pH test, not a true soil test.

    you need to add sulphur to get your pH down, but that is not all the info you need.

    you need a real soil test to determine all the micro and macro nutrient levels in your yard.

    this is the only way to make recomendations on what to do.
  3. Jamesgateslandscaping

    Jamesgateslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    Take a sample of your soil to the local cooperative extension (1 in each county of each state) and they can proform these test for between $12-$30.
    Good luck.
  4. d.m.d.

    d.m.d. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    thanks.i will do that.
  5. huh

    huh LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lubbock
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