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Managing soil and nutrients in yards and gardens

The nutrients in your soil are what 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.

This short video (00:01:11) gives you an idea of why you should test your soil: 

This step-by-step video (00:05:29) shows how to take a soil sample for testing.

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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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