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Do I need a soil test? What is a soil test?

Would you like to see an improved appearance in your lawn? Soil testing is an essential practice for achieving a lush green lawn, as it provides valuable insights into the health and composition of the soil. Sorensen Outdoor Services recognizes the significance of soil testing and incorporates it into our lawn maintenance approach to ensure optimal results. Here are the benefits of a soil test, what it involves, and how Sorensen Outdoor Services performs it.

Benefits of a Soil Test:

The primary benefit of a soil test in our region is to test the pH of your soil. Many soils are too acidic in nature for tall fescue turf to thrive. An improper pH affects the amount of fertilizer and nutrients that the plant can absorb from the soil. A low pH is corrected through lime applications. Many times, sequential lime applications of 50 lbs per thousand are required to raise the pH of your soil.

What is Soil Testing:

Soil testing is a scientific analysis of the soil's nutrient content, pH level, and other essential factors that influence plant growth. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the soil's current condition and helps determine the most appropriate treatments for achieving a healthy and vibrant lawn.

How a Soil Test is Performed:

  1. Sample Collection: The first step involves collecting soil samples from various areas of your lawn. We recommend sampling three to four areas within your lawn for best results.

  2. Laboratory Analysis: Once the soil samples are collected, they are sent to a reputable soil testing laboratory. The laboratory performs in-depth analysis, measuring nutrient levels, pH, organic matter content, and other relevant parameters.

  3. Interpretation of Results: After receiving the soil test results, the team at Sorensen Outdoor Services interprets the data to understand the specific needs of your lawn.

  4. Customized Lawn Care Plan: Based on the results, Sorensen Outdoor Services develops a customized lawn care plan for your property. This plan includes pH adjustments, and any necessary soil amendments to improve the soil's health and fertility.

  5. Ongoing Monitoring: Soil conditions can change over time, so Sorensen Outdoor Services recommends yearly soil tests to ensure the lawn's continued health and to make adjustments to the care plan as needed.

By incorporating soil testing into our lawn care services, Sorensen Outdoor Services ensures that your lawn receives the precise care it requires for optimal growth and a lush green appearance throughout the year.

If you have any questions, we are always here to help. Shoot us an email at or give us a call at 540-845-6203.


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