Soil sampling does cost a few bucks but it’s money well spent. The benefits include:
- fertilizing smartly, means less throwing money blindly at a posed problem
- lawns looking better, more grass, fewer weeds
- veggie gardens have fewer problems when they are grown in the right soil
- flower gardens with more blooms and sturdier growth
- healthier, stronger trees
How to: Pick up a sample bag from your local extension office. Decide what you want tested: lawn, veggie garden, flower garden etc. Dig down 6 inches in several places of the targeted site. Mix these diggings together in a paper bag to get an average. Let them dry thoroughly if wet. Fill the sample bag to the indicated line with this soil. Mark off what you want tested – basic ph/nitrogen test will be one amount, additional testing costs a little extra and is indicated on/with the bag. Fill in the rest of the info and then return it to the extension office. You should get a reply in a couple weeks detailing your soils needs. You can also send in multiple samples: a couple for different areas of lawn, one for veggie garden, etc.