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Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District & Virginia Cooperative Extension Partner to Offer Free Soil Tests of Lawns in Madison County

Picture it: the first touch of spring is near. The days are warmer, the ground is thawing and local garden departments are displaying bags of fertilizer and mulch. If you’re new to having a lawn you might think that it’s time to apply fertilizer. But wait! You might not need it! How would you know? Get a soil test! A soil test will tell you the nutrients that exist in your lawn and what is lacking. The test costs just $10 plus shipping but CSWCD and VCE are offering it to Madison County landowners for free! Here are the details:

  • Thursday August 10 at 6:30pm: This introductory meeting will feature a demo of how to take a soil sample and soil sample kits will be handed out. It’s easy! Other topics include well & septic system maintenance, Bay friendly lawn care and ways to address problem areas in your yard.
  • Friday August 25 by 4:30pm: soil samples are due back for shipping
  • Monday September 18 at 6:30pm: Follow up meeting with analysis and next step recommendations

Why are we doing this in August? Because often times the best lawn fertilizer is actually applied in the fall.

All events will take place at the Madison Cooperative Extension office at 2 S Main Street Madison, Virginia 22727.

Registration is required and is limited to 50 people on a first come first serve basis although priority will go to Madison County residents.

For more information, contact Katie Jenkins at 540-948-6881.

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