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soil conditioning

Soil naturally becomes more acidic which leads to excess weeds and moss.

Soil Testing

Have you wondered why your lawn just won't grow nice grass? It's a common question asked by many home owners. Well there really is an answer to why but it all starts with knowing what the current condition is of your lawn. For anything to grow it needs to have the proper nutrients. So therefore your soil needs to consist of all the micronutrients required by mother nature to grow beautiful grass. This all starts with taking a soil sample.

We begin by taking a soil test and having it evaluated by a professional team at a certified university lab. It typically takes about 2 weeks to get the results. The test will evaluate soil fertility, pH level, and/or problems due to excessive salts or fertilizer materials. We then take the test results and formulate a plan to get your soil back into the proper condition needed to grow a healthy lawn.

Lime for Lawns

Add lime to your lawn to reduce pH levels

One sign of a low soil pH is the presence of excess moss and weeds in your garden or lawn. Moss and weeds are acid loving plants and do best in acidic soil. Though not a guaranteed indicator, an excess of moss and weeds is a good sign that you should raise soil pH. Another sign that you need to raise soil pH is when fertilizer doesn’t seem to be doing its job. Acidic soil prevents fertilizer from functioning properly, so no matter how much fertilizer you apply, you will see little to no results.

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Aside from tell-tale signs of a low pH, knowing what type of soil you have can also help you decide if liming is right for you. Often in coastal areas, soil is much more sandy. Sandy soils don’t hold their pH very well, and calcium leaches out much more easily, leaving soil acidic. Because calcium leaches out so easily, sandy soils typically require a higher frequency of lime applications throughout the year. Conversely, clay soils “hold” their pH longer, resisting change. So in the case of liming a clay soil, it takes a higher quantity of lime to neutralize the soil pH, but once the pH is neutralized, it stays that way longer, requiring less frequent lime applications. In addition to soil type, regional areas that see a lot of rain fall, particularly areas with acid rain, on average have more acidic soils, and should be corrected with regular lime applications.

Lastly, if you haven’t limed your lawn or garden in the past year, chances are you should. Over time, on its own, soil naturally becomes acidic because of rainfall and organic matter decomposing within the soil. This cycle is natural, but leaves soil acidic, and in need of a pH correction.

Get more information about how to test and managing soil pH.

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We are a fully licensed and insured business, serving customers in the communities of Baxter, Brainerd, Nisswa, East Gull Lake, Lakeshore, and Merrifield.

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If you feel that we have failed to achieve the desired results from any of our applications please contact us. We will reapply the application at no extra cost or we will be happy to refund the entire cost of the last application.

what my customers say

"Jared's Lawn Care does excellent work! They are always there on-time and on the day they said they would be. They are very polite when I call for any questions and go out of their way to answer and accommodate my lawn care needs. Sometimes even surprised my expectations!! Jared is always polite and has a nice, comfortable way about him and is easy to talk to. But when it came down to business he gets the job done quickly. Cleanliness is 100% and I am always proud of my lawn and excited when I come home from work and it is done. A sigh of relief and I enjoy it. Thanks guys. I love you for making my life so much easier!”
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"Jared has turned my lawn into the pride of the neighborhood. Jared came up with a plan that he recommended to give me a lawn that the neighbors would be jealous of and he did it. What a great young man to work with and is there for his customers when they need him. I highly recommend him for any of your lawn care needs.”
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