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Healthy Lawns begin with Soil Testing | Print |

Nutrient rich soil makes it possible to have a beautiful lawn and blooming flowers. Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

“Cooperative Extension is able to help residents with their gardening questions,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are equipped to assist residents in having their soil tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension office.”

According to UGA Extension, recommendations about when and how to apply nutrients are only as good as the soil sample submitted for analysis. To obtain a representative soil sample, the following steps are useful: identify sampling locations (zones), determine the sampling depths, use the right sampling tools, sample at the right time, and handle the samples accordingly.

The depth of sampling depends on the type of plants being grown.

  • For lawns, sample to a depth of 4 inches.
  • For gardens, ornamentals, mixed fruit trees, and wildlife plots, collect sample to a depth of 6 inches.

“We are here to help residents with making sure they collect appropriate soil samples,” states Ms. Chester. “Residents can call us for assistance.”

Fulton County Extension Offices

Central Office (Downtown)

Central Atlanta Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 332-2400

North Fulton Office

North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Rd, NE, Ste. 202, Sandy Springs, GA 30350-4845

(404) 613-7670

South Fulton Office

1757 Washington Rd, East Point, GA 30344

(404) 762-4077


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