Spring Lawn and Garden TestIt appears many people are getting their garden ready for spring planting. Midwest Laboratories offers a Lawn and Garden Testing Package to assist gardeners and lawn owners in this process. This comprehensive analysis is listed at $25 and provides clients with fertilizer recommendations based on the nutrients in their soil. Here are some reminders that you should know regarding this analysis.

Garden

Define your goal

If you plan on sampling your garden, decide if you are looking at your soil overall or you want to look at a spot where you’ve had issues in the past and you would like to make some changes to help this particular area produce more.

Collect 2 cups of soil

Depending on your goal, you are going to want to collect a representative soil sample no deeper than 6 inches below the surface. Four inches is ideal. You want to look at the soil nutrients just below the surface. Place the soil in a soil bag or ziploc bag

Sample paperwork

Make sure you include your contact information: address/phone/email. Write down the type of produce you are looking at planting. (Examples: sweet corn, pumpkins, tomatoes, etc.) If you are trying to resolve an issue, add information about this issue on your paperwork.

Lawn and Garden Test

Lawn

Define your goal

Are you looking at an overall composition or are you trying to figure out why certain areas of your lawn are not producing think grass.

Collect 2 cups of soil

Depending on your goal, you are going to want to collect a representative soil sample no deeper than 6 inches below the surface. Four inches is ideal. You want to look at the soil nutrients just below the surface. Place the soil in a soil bag or ziploc bag

Sample paperwork

Make sure you include your contact information: address/phone/email. Write down supporting information like the following: irrigated lawn, last fertilizer application and any issues you might be having if that is one of the goals you are trying to address.

Summary

You can purchase a lawn and garden kit complete with soil bag and return shipping label or you can simply collect the sample yourself and drop it off or send it in through the mail. Once your sample is received, it will take 2-3 days to analyze and report the information back to you. If you have questions, talk to a representative today at 402-334-7770

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