Here’s something to pass on to your clients:

General Tso's soil sampleIf you really want a nice lawn and landscaping, you need to know what kind of soil you have. The Virginia Cooperative Extension, through Virginia Tech, offers soil testing for $10 — and in Henrico County at least, you can get a free voucher to pay for it.

Then you pick up a sample bag from a local library (!) or Extension office, send it in, and in a few days get a detailed analysis of your soil — including fertilizer and lime recommendations for different plants.

It’s a quick and simple way to make a lawn and garden flourish — and maybe the value of the property as well.