Lawns and Soil Sampling

Lawns and Soil Sampling

Watershed-friendly Soil Sample Form

Mail sample to:

A & L Eastern Laboratories
7621 Whitepine Road
Richmond, VA 23237

Cost $10*, payable to A & L Eastern Laboratories

Getting a soil test is one of the best ways you can make sure your lawn and turf grass have what they need to provide the green lawn to which you look forward and also protect water quality in the Lynnhaven River. Plants obtain a variety of compounds from the soil that allow them to grow. When the soil is depleted of these compounds, such as potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous, plants do not have the components they need to be healthy. However, adding these nutrients to your yard without knowing what it needs may place excess nutrients on your lawn that will simply be washed away in the next rain instead of being used by the plants you are trying to feed.

A soil test can provide you with the information you need to best supply your lawn with the compounds needed to keep it growing strong. You should never put fertilizer on your yard without first having a test done to see what is lacking in the soil. Once you have the results of your test, you can then go look for the appropriate fertilizer to supplement the soil. You may not even need to feed your lawn, saving you a big expense in the long run.

Phosphorus
In the Tidewater area, the soil is naturally rich in phosphorus. Often the soil here is so rich in phosphorus that tests may report that no phosphorous is needed.

Nitrogen
Measuring nitrogen levels is a little trickier. Most soil tests do not actually measure nitrogen. An actual nitrogen test can be difficult and expensive. A basic soil test, however, will offer you a nitrogen recommendation. This is based on a general guideline that is recommended through leading agricultural academics.

Excess Nutrients
The problem with this nitrogen recommendation is that this is only a recommendation. They have no idea how much nitrogen you have in your soil. And, if you add more, it may just wash off into the storm drain during the next rain and find its way to the closest waterway. Excess nutrients are one of the Lynnhaven River’s biggest problems.

Because of the problem of excess nutrients, Lynnhaven River NOW is excited to be able to partner with a regionally-respected soil laboratory to provide you with a soil sample that is sensitive to water quality issues. Download a copy of the Watershed-friendly Soil Sample Form and be confident that you are Helping Restore the Legendary Lynnhaven River while still enjoying your beautiful lawn. For pricing, sampling instructions and other testing services, please visit A & L Eastern Laboratories.

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*Cost subject to change, refer to A & L Eastern Laboratories for current pricing.

EVENTS CALENDAR

December 2018

Volunteer Appreciation Party

December 2, 2018
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Brock Environmental Center Oyster Room 3pm-5pm

Volunteer Training-Sustainable Yard Program

December 10, 2018
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Workshops

Help us as we begin our 2nd year of taking Pearl Homes to the next level! We are holding a training session for select volunteers to help implement our Pearl Homes Sustainable Yard Program, Monday, December 10th at the Brock Environmental Center. Training will run from 5-7pm, and include pizza and drinks.



Following trainingvolunteers who agree to participate in the program will commit to completing at least 5 on-site homeowner assessments in 2019. Each assessment should take no longer than 30 minutes, and will assess whether the residence is an appropriate site for either a rain barrel or soil test/Pearl Lawn Plan. In return volunteers will receive t-shirt, all necessary tools and information for site visit, and training. (If eligible,volunteers may also participate in the Sustainable Yard Program.)




 Email trista@lrnow.org to register. We hope to see you there!

http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/pearl-home-sustainable-yard-program/