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Date:  July 29, 2021
Agent:  Donna Teasley

Hello, this is Donna Teasley, Horticulture Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center.

It’s hot outside and many gardeners have lost much of their enthusiasm for digging, planting and weed pulling. But, as hot as it is, fall is coming and for those of us who grow cool season grasses in our lawns, fall means that it’s time to plant grass. Many lawn chores happen in the fall such as fertilizing and adding lime as well as sowing a new lawn or over-seeding an existing one.

As important as getting the proper seed and sowing at the right time is, fertilizer and lime needs are also essential to a nice, healthy lawn. But how does the homeowner know how much of these amendments to use? The simplest way to find out is to do a soil test.

Right now, soil testing is free and fairly quick. Soil test boxes can be picked up at the Burke County Agricultural Building at 130 Ammons Drive along with instructions on how to do the test. The boxes are mailed to the soil testing lab in Raleigh and an email will be sent out with the results of the test. You can call or come by our office if you need help understanding the results. It’s the surest way to know exactly what nutrients your lawn needs and how much it needs. So, do the soil test now and be ready to plant or overseed your lawn in September. You’ll be pleased with the results next spring.

This is Donna Teasley with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. If you would like more information about this program you can call us at 764-9480.

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Donna Teasley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDonna TeasleyExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Donna Email Donna N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center
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