Soil Analysis


Soil analysis is the first step toward achieving a healthy lawn. The condition of your turf is directly related to the condition of your soil. Professional soil analysis via lab testing by a lawn maintenance professional will help to customize your lawn care program in order to obtain optimum results and determine how much lime your lawn needs.

Lawn Maintenance Begins With Soil Analysis

Lawn maintenance programs that start with an accurate soil analysis are the key to thick, green turf grass. A lawn care professional can help you determine what amendments, if any, are necessary to help you achieve the results you are striving for on your landscape.
For example, by raising the pH of the soil, lime makes lawn fertilizer and existing nutrients more available to the grass plant. Lime may be applied at any time of the year. A soil analysis is recommended to determine how much lime is needed in your lawn maintenance program and to monitor your nutrient levels. Maryland state law requires all lawn care professionals to have a soil analysis on file for all lawn care customers.


Lawn fertilizer and lime work together to help you obtain the healthy, green lawn you’ve always wanted. By raising the pH of your soil, lime makes lawn fertilizer and existing nutrients available to the grass plants in your landscape. Lime may be applied for an existing or new lawn care at any time of the year. Our lawn care specialist can take a soil test to monitor your nutrient levels and determine how much lime is needed to compliment your lawn fertilizer. We will send a sample of your soil to a testing laboratory that will provide a lawn care analysis of your soil pH and nutrient status, as well as a detailed report on lime and fertilizer application recommendations.

Lawn Care With Real Benefits

Adjustments of soil pH made by a lawn care technician are important because variations from accepted levels make nutrients less available to your turf grass. Although lime can be applied effectively at any time of the year to help make lawn fertilizer available to your turf, the best results come from lime application made in the fall. Rain, snow and heaving of the ground in winter help to move the lime into your soil.

If your lawn care specialist determines that your soil requires more limestone than can be applied in a single application, lime will be applied semi-annually until the result you desire is achieved. In new lawn care or a new seeding, all of the lime may be applied to your lawn before planting.

Call today for a complimentary consultation from a fully trained and certified professional from GoldLeaf Lawn and Shrub Care.