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Managing soil and nutrients in yards and gardens

The nutrients in your soil feed your plants and can determine whether you have a healthy lawn, flourishing trees or a bumper crop of zucchini.

Before starting any yard or garden project, we recommend having your soil tested by the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Lab. They will let you know if your soil needs added nutrients depending on what you want to plant.

Why and how to test your soil

Why you should test your soil

How to take a soil sample

How to interpret your soil test results

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Caring for your soil

Healthy soil is the foundation of thriving gardens, lawns, and landscapes.

These videos show various practices you can use to improve the health of your soil.

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