Better lawns and gardens through science

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.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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