Get Your Lawn Down To A Science-Analyze Your Soil

“There is only good seed where there is good soil”
Temperatures are still cool and our warm season grasses (Bermuda and Zoysia Grass) are still in the dormant stage. It will not be long before they begin to enter into their growing season and we, as professionals, start to put together a fertilization strategy specific for each particular lawn. And with that in mind we are reminded once again, if you get your soil right, you will get your lawn right! To be clear, if you do not have good soil, then you will not have a healthy lawn.
SoiltestingYour soil is the single most important factor in your lawn being able to reach its full potential long term. Testing your soil in West Tennessee is an extremely valuable tool. A soil analysis will not only provide you or your lawn provider with your soils available nutrients, but will also give you a pH reading which is extremely valuable. PH is the measure of a soils acidity or alkalinity. Weeds thrive in acidic soil. Typically, our lawns in West Tennessee and Southeast Missouri tend to be on the acidic side. The pH levels of the soil also determines how well your lawn can use the nutrients provided by a good fertilization program as well as nutrients that are already available in the soil.

So it can be summed up that there can be a short term or long term approach when feeding your lawn. The short term approach could be in the form of foliar fertilizers can give a lawn a quick burst in color. The better long term approach is adjusting your soils pH in keeping your lawn thriving and healthy. Your pH is an important factor in how well your lawn responds to a fertilization strategy. If you Ph is too acidic, certain nutrients provided through fertilization may not be able to be used by the plant and therefore serving no purpose.

Our West Tennessee grasses, such as Fescue, Bermuda grass, and Zoysia grass, uses the nutrients available most effectively when the soils PH is between 6.0-6.5. Our West Tennessee turf grasses will not thrive in highly acidic soils, and since West Tennessee is mainly acidic, lime is generally applied to reduce that acid in the soil. Acid conditions of soils can be brought about by rain containing acid, pesticides, certain forms of fertilizer, and the leaching out of calcium and magnesium; the alkaline components, from the soil. And remember like we stated earlier, weeds thrive in acidic soil. In order to have the absolute best fertilization program for your West Tennessee lawn, a soil sample will bring clarity to the entire process.  Take advantage of the nutrients mother nature has provided and only apply nutrients that your lawn actually needs. Use the Soil Analysis as the recipe to design and implement a customized weed control and fertilization strategy for your lawns long term goals.

For more information about your lawn or to get your FREE Quick Quote along with a Free Soil Analysis, call our office or visit our website.



Have a Great Week!

Scott Riley


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