As humans, we know that for a healthy body we need proper vitamins and nutrients. When something goes wrong, we get blood tests, x-rays, or CAT scans to find the problem. Likewise, when our lawn or garden isn’t growing or producing as it should be, it needs a diagnosis.
To get the diagnosis and treat it properly we need a soil test. Soil tests are the best way of getting a complete diagnostic of soil.
Why Does Your Lawn Need a Soil Test?
Soil can vary from house to house or even area to area in our own yard based on foot traffic, what is growing there, sunlight exposure, and moisture. A soil test can measure the nutrient level available to the plants or lawn growing there. But when do you need a soil test?
If your lawn is showing stress, it is time to have the soil analyzed so you can provide adequate lawn care. There are some signs that your lawn is in distress:
- More weeds than grass
- Color changes in lawn
- Bare or brown spots
- Flat spots on grass when stepped on
- Curling grass blades
- Soil compaction
The Benefits of a Soil Test
You know you have a problem, can’t you just use more fertilizer, more weed killer, more water, less water, etc.? So, what are the benefits of getting the soil tested?
- Low-cost solution for diagnosing the issue
- Determines the nutrient level in the soil
- Determines the pH levels
- Provides a solution by determining what to add to the soil and when
- More efficient use of resources
- Potential for higher-yielding blooms, crops, and healthier lawn
Soil tests are designed to measure the nutrients that are available to the grass in your lawn. Since different types of grass need different amounts of nutrients, a professional soil test will be specific to the type of grass you have. The lab will check for pH, nutrient levels (phosphorus, copper, iron, potassium, manganese, boron, and zinc) as well as the percentage of organic matter.
What is Soil pH?
Soil pH is a measurement on a scale from acidic (low pH) to alkaline (high pH). Healthy soil needs to be moderately acidic. Most lawns and turf grasses thrive at a pH range between 6.0 and 7.0. Nitrogen levels are also important to a healthy lawn. If your lawn lacks nitrogen, your grass will lose color and become weak.
Nitrogen forms plant proteins and is a key to healthy grass. Phosphorus is critical to photosynthesis, healthy roots, and plant maturity. Potassium helps to manufacture sugars within the plants and grass aiding the lawn to resist disease. All other elements may be considered secondary but are vital to growth and vitality.
Keep Your Lawn Thriving With Yepez Lawn Maintenance Services
Each lawn poses its own challenges. A healthy lawn routine will do much for keeping a lush lawn, but without knowing your lawn’s issues, you cannot improve the health or appearance. A soil test will answer questions concerning your lawn and point you in the right direction of remedies. Having this information will enable you to use it to be more efficient in treating your lawn.
Residential lawn maintenance can be expensive and frustrating, but with a soil test, the mystery is taken out of lawn care. Yepez Lawn Maintenance Services can help you get started on repairing your lawn with a soil test and proper treatments.
Contact us today to schedule your residential lawn services.