Fall Lawns and Soil Samples

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After the cold snap we had a couple weeks ago, my lawn has really slowed down its growth. There is really very little to do with the lawn at this point other than keeping it mowed, pulling a few weeds and letting it go dormant for the winter.

If it’s been a couple years since a soil sample was taken, now would be a good time to do that. Taking soil samples every couple of years and keeping a record shows how much the pH might be changing and gives an idea of what kind of nutrients might be needed for the plants for the next growing season.

Visit this short video for information on how to take a soil sample and get it ready for you to ship it to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Division Soil Testing Section in Raleigh.

Soil sample boxes and forms can be picked up at the following locations. Please call ahead to make sure they have a supply on-hand.

Ace Hardware, 1511 Live Oak Street, Beaufort 252-728-3111

The Friendly Market Nursery, 205 Friendly Road, Morehead City, 252-515-4671

Newport Garden Center, 291 Chatham St, Newport, 252-223-4120

Seventy West Landscape Supply, 4540 Arendell Street, Morehead City, 252-222-4446

If none of these locations are convenient for you, please call 252-222-5362 to make an appointment to pick-up a box and form at the Extension office in Morehead City.