What’s the key to growing healthy grass, shrubs, flowers, and trees? Rich, vital soil. Late winter is a great time to test samples before supplementing the soil with spring fertilizer. Knowing the pH balance of your soil allows you to choose a fertilizer that fits the needs of your lawn.
Quick Guide to Soil Types
- Compost enriches the soil, making it ripe for spring growth
- Clay soil drains better than other soils. It’s also tough, making it a challenge to supplement (but it gets easier with time)
- Dry or sandy soil holds more water, making it good for vegetable gardens and flowerbeds
- Peaty soil requires fertilizer, but it’s dark, rich, and holds water, so it’s good for spring growth
- Chalky soil may have stones interspersed throughout, and it’s typically deficient in magnesium and iron
- Loamy soil has an ideal balance of elements, making it good for growth
Test Your Soil
What supplements does your soil need to grow healthy sod? Soil testing kits are inexpensive and easy to use. Follow these tips to get an accurate reading:
- Use clean sampling equipment to limit variables
- Use stainless steel or chrome-plated tools that won’t deposit zinc into your soil samples
- Dig a V-shaped hole about 4 inches deep, then take a clean slice from the side
- Mix each soil sample in a separate, clean container
- Take different samples for areas with different types of soil
- Sample areas with healthy and unhealthy grass separately
- Mark each sample/result clearly
After determining the type of fertilizer your lawn needs, make sure to apply it early in the growing season to give it time to saturate the soil.
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