Picture it: the first touch of spring is near. The days are warmer, the ground is thawing and local garden departments are displaying bags of fertilizer and mulch. If you’re new to having a lawn you might think that it’s time to apply fertilizer. But wait! You might not need it! How would you know? Get a soil test! A soil test will tell you the nutrients that exist in your lawn and what is lacking. The test costs just $10 plus shipping but CSWCD is offering it to landowners for free! Here are the details:

  • Introductory meeting: This introductory meeting will feature a demo of how to take a soil sample and soil sample kits will be handed out. It’s easy! Other topics include well & septic system maintenance, Bay friendly lawn care and ways to address problem areas in your yard.
  • Friday August 10 by 4:30pm: soil samples are due back for shipping to your local Extension office
  • Interpretation meeting: Follow up meeting with analysis and next step recommendations

Why are we doing this in August? Because often times the best lawn fertilizer is actually applied in the fall.

Registration is required and is limited on a first come first serve basis.

  • Culpeper: July 30 (Intro) & August 20 (follow-up) at the VFW
  • Greene & Madison: August 3 (Intro) & August 24 (follow-up) at Hoover Ridge Park
  • Orange: August 2 (Intro) & August 23 (follow-up) at the Ag Research Station
  • Rappahannock: August 1 (Intro) & August 22 (follow-up) at the Extension office (church next door if necessary)

To sign up, contact Stephanie DeNicola at stephanied@culpeperswcd.org or 540-825-8591 with your address and phone number.