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How, Why and When to Test Your Soil

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Soil testing is an important practice for anyone trying to grow healthy and productive plants. By Justin Keay [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue.] MU Extension offices across the state processes thousands of soil samples every year and MU Extension Specialists are always happy to help you understand your soil test results. Soil testing

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The Secret to a Lush Lawn Next Spring: Top Dressing This Fall

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by Patrick Geraty (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener October 2010 issue) Want the secret to a lush spring lawn?  It’s autumn top dressing!  Fall might mean your harvest is slowing down, but it is prime time for lawn and garden care that reaps bountiful benefits next planting season.  Top dressing with a nutritious diet of compost

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