Soil Testing Lawns and Fields
Fred Newcombe

Last month, our blogs explained each of the four components of PJC’s Healthy Turf Circle. With all our talk about addressing soil health, it’s paramount that you start your turf care programs with soil testing lawns and fields. Above all, you want to know what your baseline is in order to apply the right products and implement proper cultural practices.

Four elements of organic turf care listed in a circle for PJC's Healthy Turf Circle.

Practical Approach

Our Healthy Turf Circle blog series from January covered the importance of underlying soil conditions for growing specific crop types. Various types of plants require different soil characteristics—chemically and physically—in order to thrive. Accordingly, soil testing is the best tool we have available to get a snapshot into what is happening beneath the surface. PJC Organic tests for 4 criteria through chemical analysis. These criteria include: pH, organic matter, cation exchange capacity and base saturation. Then, we make our best product recommendations based off of the data to address the soil conditions as quickly as possible.

Proven Products

Soil testing is PJC’s most popular support service for landscapers. PJC prides themselves on their comprehensive soil testing reports. These reports provide landscapers an objective launching point for organic turf care customers. We provide you with soil testing bags that are pre-labeled, you dig the dirt and send samples are sent to our lab. Then, we interpret results and equip you with a letter for your client that has product recommendations. As such, our product recommendations are designed to improve your client lawns’ underlying soil conditions.

Graphic depicting the three steps of PJC's soil testing services.

Keeping an objective approach provides customers with the knowledge of why you are doing what you’re doing. Most importantly, committing to an organic program and maintaining one for years to come decreases product inputs over time. Moreover, our soil test report cards provide a comparison after 3 years for your client. This shows how much the soil has improved and allows you an opportunity to rebid the program they are on. All product applications and cultural practices should come from soil testing lawns and fields. So, be sure to soil test to give your organic program the best chance for success and contact us!