Soil Test Kit

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by StanTheMan, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. StanTheMan

    StanTheMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I recently picked up a rapitest soil test kit and tried it out. My first question is how accurate is this. I did a pH and nitrogen test to try it out. The pH test came out ok, but the nitrogen test came back with nothing. if this is accurate is it ok to put down a high # of nitrogen and should it be a 50% slow release or should i go with something lower. By the way im in central VA with tall fescue.

    Any help would be appreciated
  2. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    The DIY soil test kits are not always accurate.Take a composite sample from a lawn. Test the soil with your kit and also send a sample to VA Tech; see how the results compare.

    If the lawn looks healthy I always go with a high percentage of slow release. There is no need to create a big flush of growth by using a fast release fertilizer.
  3. boats47

    boats47 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 244

    You are better off sending the samples to your local coop ext, probally for 10-12 bucks and you get the works for info plus solutions to fix everything.

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