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Understanding Your Report

The Sample Results Graph highlights each of your soils nutrient levels in relationship to an optimal range. The Optimal Range is selected based on your chosen sample type; (lawn & turf, vegetable garden, ornamental & trees).  These optimal ranges were developed by levering published data for crop nutrient requirements measured in pounds per acre per day (lbs/ac/day) during key growth stages.   

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Fertilizer Recommendations

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The product ratio's and application rates shown in the Fertilizer Recommendation tile are selected and calculated  to build a particular soil to release nutrients in forms and amounts to match plant uptake demand during key growth times. A user can choose either an Organic or Synthetic fertilizer option, or a blend of both, depending on their management philosophy.  If needed, the lowest box in the tile will recommend a pH or micronutrient requirement, or a blend of both. pH and micronutrient suggested rates are shown below.

Lawn & Turf

MySoil recommended fertilizers and rates should be applied every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Use growth patterns, mowing frequency and color observations to guide your next application timing.  Mowing should be performed every 3-6 days for healthy turf during the growing season. Only mowing once every 7-10 during the growing season may indicate less than optimal health/growth.      

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Vegetable Garden

MySoil product recommendations and rates should cure nutrient deficiencies and provide optimal nutrient levels for the entire growing season for most annual crops.  If sampling “In-Season”, MySoil’s recommendations should help cure most existing deficiencies if they are not too extreme and plants are not too far along. Products and rates are recommended to maximize plant health, yield, flavor, and nutrient density.

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Ornamental Garden

Nutrients should be applied every 5-7 weeks during the growing season for annual plants.  Perennial plants may require applications in Fall and Late Spring as a general guide. MySoil recommendations should provide optimal growth, color, and vigor without over or under applying.   

Green Garden

Trees, Shrubs & Vines

Most trees, shrubs, and vines will greatly benefit from both Early Spring and Early Summer fertility applications. Another application should be applied in late Fall or after the harvest of food bearing plants.

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pH & Micronutrients

pH adjustments to your soil can take time. Significant changes in soil pH may require many applications over time depending on your soil type. Some soils have a greater ability to resist/buffer against changes in pH.  It is important to stay diligent and monitor your success with testing each season to guide these pH decisions. Most applications are made in Late Fall and Early Spring.

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Types of pH Adjustment Products

Dolomitic Lime

Dolomitic lime contains Magnesium (Mg) along with Calcium (Ca) to increase pH in soils with both low pH and Mg deficiencies.

Common Application Rates & Products

Lawns (30-40 lbs/1000 sq. ft.)     

Gardens (4-5 lbs/100 sq ft)           

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Calcitic Lime

Calcitic lime only contains Calcium (Ca) and is used to increase pH soils not needing Magnesium (Mg).

Common Application Rates & Products

Lawns (30-40 lbs/1000 sq. ft.)     

Gardens (4-5 lbs/100 sq ft)          

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Elemental Sulfur

Elemental sulfur is used to lower soil pH.  It can take time in some climates for the elemental sulfur to react with your soil to lower pH, but a program with Late fall and Early Spring applications each season will be beneficial in lower your soil’s pH. 

Common Application Rates & Products

Lawns (3-4 lbs/1000 sq. ft.)          

Gardens (.4-.6 lbs/ 100 sq ft)      

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Micronutrients

Micronutrients are just as important to plants as Macronutrients like Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), but are used by the plants in much lower quantities.  In general, it is most important to address Macronutrient deficiencies prior to addressing Micronutrients.  Micronutrients are really the “Finishing Touch” for most plants.

Common Application Rates & Products

Rates can vary based on products, follow specific product label rates.