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Why soil tests are important to optimal Dallas lawn care

by on February 28, 2012

Most homeowners know what services are necessary for good Dallas lawn care: proper mowing, aeration, overseeding, adequate hydration and fertilizer. Aeration is one of the most beneficial Dallas lawn care services, especially if you live in an area that experiences episodes of little to no rainfall. Aerating your Dallas lawn will allow the water from your irrigation system to reach the grass roots directly and be immediately absorbed. However, even though aeration ensures that your Dallas lawn and soil are manipulated, you should go one step further and also have your soil periodically tested by a Dallas lawn care professional.

A soil test is a fairly simple procedure and many Dallas lawn care companies offer the service for free in conjunction with their Dallas lawn care programs. The Dallas lawn care technician will take a small soil sample and have it sent to a lab. A qualified soil expert will examine the sample and look at the pH level (acidity); the presence or absence of such macronutrients as phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen; the presence or absence of such micronutrients as iron, calcium, zinc, boron, manganese, copper and other nutrients that deter weed growth and enhance the Dallas lawn’s resistance to insect and disease infestations; the soil type, which can help your Dallas lawn care technician create a preventative plan to reduce the incidence of compaction; and levels of decomposed plant material, also known as thatch.

Once the results are back, your Dallas lawn care specialists can consult with you on what the best plan of action is regarding your Dallas lawn care regimen. To schedule a soil analysis, call your local Dallas lawn care company today.

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