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Tilling in Fertilizer

My soil test recommends tilling in 12-12-12 before planting however, I was curious if it matters how soon before planting. Should it be tilled in immediately before or farther in advance?

Oakland County Michigan Posted 1 day ago

Lowering pH in my Tomato garden

What is the best method to lower my garden pH from 7.7 to 6.6 quickly to optimize for this year's tomato growing. It is a small raised garden, only 100 sq.ft.

Oakland County Michigan Posted 4 days ago

Coal in the soil?

Good morning! Since I bought my house in Lansing in 2004, I've submitted soil samples I believe at least once for testing for my home garden. Doing some digging around my garage area yesterday however, we unearthed some heated coal fragments (clinkers? something like that?). The theory is that original house owners used to have a forge near the garage and that this is leftovers that ended up in the soil. I've never seen this before, but I wondered if the sorts of contaminants that could end up in the soil as a result of this type of situation would 1) show up on a standard soil test like the one you guys offer for $25 and 2) if so whether it's worthwhile to retest to make sure I'm not growing in scary soil/setting up my chicken coop in a bad spot OR 2b) if not, if you have any ideas where I might submit soil samples to ensure safety of grown food and animals/kids. Thank you for your kind attention to this inquiry!

Ingham County Michigan soil and fertility issues Posted 5 days ago

Tri Color Beech bark separation

Please look at the attached pictures and notice the bark separating from the trunk. Is this any cause for concern? Is there anything we can/should do to address this condition? Thanks, Turney Gratz

Ingham County Michigan beech tree peeling bark Posted 7 days ago

Veg Garden - High Phosphorus

Phosphorus (P) 167 ppm (MSU soil test result) very low in other minerals and extremely low in humus (Ref. soil test #P6NH3Y). The big question, is the Phosphorus coming from the adjacent field to my garden when the spring snows melt and flood my garden and lawn with runoff? The field was sub-soiled with liquid cow manure last fall. This was the third spread of liquid manure in seven years. Please review my test results and I would greatly appreciate any recommendations you could provide for the fastest possible recovery of my garden soil. Most greatly appreciated, Curt Herald, Sheridan, MI

Montcalm County Michigan Posted 10 days ago


Why isn’t nitrogen included in the soil analysis? How are nitrogen requirements determined? Thanks

Kent County Michigan Posted 14 days ago

preen weed control

is there a cancer risk associated with the product preen

St. Tammany Parish Louisiana Posted 14 days ago

Soil Test

What do you test for? specific nutrients?? Ca,Mg, Fe, Pb, N, P, K...??? pH I'm assuming

Kent County Michigan Posted 16 days ago

Soil Test

I would like to get my soil tested in 3 different areas (vegetable garden, perennial border, lawn). Can I do that with one MSU Soil Test kit or do I need to buy one for each of my areas?

Kent County Michigan Posted 16 days ago

Topsoil problem

I had al supplier deliver a load of topsoil that turned out to clay and gravel . When it was wet it appeared dark and dirt like but when it dried it resembled concrete. The supplier says that I just need to mix ammendments into it. I think it needs to be removed I'd appreciate expert opinions

Fredericksburg Virginia Posted 16 days ago