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.

Click here for more information on Lawn Care for the Lynnhaven.

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

EVENTS CALENDAR

May 2019

Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

May 4, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

**registration is FULL, please join us for our July Bird walk!

Join us on Saturday, May 4 7:30-9:30am at Pleasure House Point, one of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location! Free of charge. Email office@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to register.

Waterway Cleanup

May 4, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join volunteers and help clean up Virginia Beach Waterways. Cleanups are mostly kid-friendly. Results of Lynnhaven River Now’s cleanup efforts are available here. For additional information visit: Waterway Cleanups

May 4 will be the Great American (Waterway) Cleanup at Beach Garden Park in conjunction with askHRGreen.org. This will be a land and water-based cleanup.

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Growing A Greener Faith Workshop

May 18, 2019
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Workshops



TO REGISTER VISIT:

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LynnhavenRiverNOW/greenerfaith.html
The following is the agenda for the workshop:

8:30 am  - Coffee Hour/ Sign in

9:30 am – Introduction

10:00 am - _ Trista Imrich (Whimsy): Importance and information about Native Plants

*5 min break*

10:50 am - _ Farmer John Wilson (New Earth) on the Benefits of Community Gardens

11:35 am - Lunch *Provided*

12:00 pm - _ Jessica Ruthenburg with the Hometown Habitat Film Segment

12:45 pm - _ Susan Lang on Financing Your Solar for Non Profit/ Importance of Energy Conservation

*15 min break*

1:45 pm - _ Sarah Hall on Eliminating Plastics

2:30 pm - _ Ann Zobel on the success of the All Saints Garden

3:15 pm – Closing/ Thank you for coming

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 757-962-5398 or email PearlFaith@LRNow.org

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