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

June 2019

Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

June 1, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

**Canceled due to impending weather**Join us on Saturday, June 1 at 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

Discover VB: Osprey Survey with Reese Lukei and Robert Brown

June 5, 2019
09:00 AM



Discover Virginia Beach Osprey Survey with Reese Lukei and Robert Brown 9 a.m.

Wednesday, June 5
Narrows Parking lot at the end of 64th Street
First Landing State Park 
$7 admission per car
To register e-mail Terri Gorman, Terri@lrnow.org, or call  (757) 962-5398****only 10 spots available

You don’t need a boat to see these ospreys!  Bring your binoculars and take a walk along 64th Street from the Narrows at First Landing State Park and help survey the osprey population there.  Every year in June raptor expert Reese Lukei and Lynnhaven River Now member Robert Brown, who keeps almost daily tabs on the dozen or so nests in that vicinity, tally the active nests and their young.  This is a unique opportunity to learn about and see the many ospreys that nest the natural way in trees and snags, instead of out on the water on man-made platforms and navigational structures.   Lukei estimates that 10 percent of the osprey population on the Lynnhaven River nest in this area of the park.



Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and insect repellent!

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