Thinking about fertilizing your lawn this year? Have the URI Master Gardeners check the pH and texture of your soil and get tips about augmentation to improve your lawn. See below for sample taking advice to get the best results.
pH Soil Testing
The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners conduct free soil testing. These tests help determine your soil pH levels and texture. The Soil Specialists also provide basic information and recommendations for gradual correction of your soil problems. This service is provided for free and is available at various locations around the state during growing season.
How to Take a pH Soil Sample:
You will want to collect the samples of soil at the plant or lawn root zone (around 6″ deep). You should be gathering about a 1/2 cup amount from several sites within the same area to be tested. Mix them together, allow the soil to dry. Next place 1 cup of the mix in a paper bag or clean container and label it. Collect separate samples from different areas on your property such as vegetable gardens, lawns and flower gardens. Bring all the samples to the soil testing location.