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by Denise Hodgins ODH

  Garden Coach  Denise Hodgins ODH


This year I vow to get my grass looking amazing so I thought I would share the process with you.
So that you are able to understand what is going on I have decided to use 2 different properties with the City of London, ON
I promise to show the good, the bad and the ugly.  So lets get started
Property One - in east London,Dundas and Clarke Road area,  house was built in the late 50's, there was a pool in the back yard but now it is gone and I am left with a yard that floods when we get rain.  The backyard is full of weeds mostly Creeping Charlie.
Here are few pictures of what I am starting with.
Second Property is north near Fanshawe and Adelaide, The front yard is covered in moss.  There is a large White Birch and well as 4 street trees so the light is limited.  This a corner lot that many of the neighborhood dogs visit.
April 22, 2019
So to start this process I started with taking a soil sample from several spots on the property and mixing them together.  
How to Take a Soil Sample

About ¾ to 1 cup of soil is required. Ziplock Sandwich bag is perfect.  The sample should be taken from about 5 different areas front, back, and side of your yard choosing the worst areas. For most lawns the growing topsoil, the main plant nutrients and the feeding roots are in the top three inches of soil. The sample should be taken from 3-4 inches depth. Mix together and take sample from this for the soil testing.

Avoid Sample Interference:  Sample should be taken prior to fertilizing or 4 weeks after. Do not include compost or mulch in the sample.

April 23, 2019   

Once I had my soil samples I headed off to:

A&L Canada Laboratories Inc.
2136 Jetstream Rd, London, Ontario,  Canada  N5V 3P5 

Tel: (519) 457-2575                

Toll Free:1-(855)-837-8347   

Fax: (519) 457-2664          


It cost me $34.80 to have the two basic fertilizer test done.  They will email me my results in 3 business days.  So stay tune for what I do next


April  26, 2019
Test results are in now they will not mean much to most of us but I will say the numbers are important. My next step is to go and get the Fertilizer.  There are not a lot of places that can actual read a soil test but I find the folks at:

Belmont Farm Supply 

14001 Belmont

Belmont, ON N0L 1B0‎

(519) 644-1650

Now remember they are only open till noon on Saturdays