Getting Garden Ready for Spring

Spring Lawn and Garden TestIt appears many people are getting their garden ready for spring planting. Midwest Laboratories offers a Lawn and Garden Testing Package to assist gardeners and lawn owners in this process. This comprehensive analysis is listed at $25 and provides clients with fertilizer recommendations based on the nutrients in their soil. Here are some reminders that you should know regarding this analysis.

Garden

Define your goal

If you plan on sampling your garden, decide if you are looking at your soil overall or you want to look at a spot where you’ve had issues in the past and you would like to make some changes to help this particular area produce more.

Collect 2 cups of soil

Depending on your goal, you are going to want to collect a representative soil sample no deeper than 6 inches below the surface. Four inches is ideal. You want to look at the soil nutrients just below the surface. Place the soil in a soil bag or ziploc bag

Sample paperwork

Make sure you include your contact information: address/phone/email. Write down the type of produce you are looking at planting. (Examples: sweet corn, pumpkins, tomatoes, etc.) If you are trying to resolve an issue, add information about this issue on your paperwork.

Lawn and Garden Test

Lawn

Define your goal

Are you looking at an overall composition or are you trying to figure out why certain areas of your lawn are not producing think grass.

Collect 2 cups of soil

Depending on your goal, you are going to want to collect a representative soil sample no deeper than 6 inches below the surface. Four inches is ideal. You want to look at the soil nutrients just below the surface. Place the soil in a soil bag or ziploc bag

Sample paperwork

Make sure you include your contact information: address/phone/email. Write down supporting information like the following: irrigated lawn, last fertilizer application and any issues you might be having if that is one of the goals you are trying to address.

Summary

You can purchase a lawn and garden kit complete with soil bag and return shipping label or you can simply collect the sample yourself and drop it off or send it in through the mail. Once your sample is received, it will take 2-3 days to analyze and report the information back to you. If you have questions, talk to a representative today at 402-334-7770

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Midwest Labs Mobile App – Get it Today

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Midwest Labs App

The Midwest Laboratories App has been out for almost a year.

It is available for Android and Apple Devices. Works great on phones and tablets

The great part about the app is that it lets you know the following:

  • Date – When you can expect results
  • Report – View your analysis report from your phone
  • Duration – See the last 30 days of results
  • Free for clients

The app is very simple and it uses the same log-on as your regular website access.

If you plan on sending samples soon, make sure you get the app and follow your sample progress from the convenience of your phone.

Download App for Apple | Download App for Android

 

 

Ask Questions | Get Answers

Analysis ReportFrom my experience at the laboratory, it is amazing to me that specific analysis will be done and a number reported, yet that number has no meaning to the sample owner because the owner has no idea what the number means.

Analysis is conducted almost everyday of the yearat Midwest Laboratories and once this analysis is completed it is reported back to the client. The key here is does the client know what to do with that result.

What I am finding is that a large number of people do understand their analysis and know what they are looking for. However, there are some people who were encouraged to get their sample analyzed, but they do not understand the numbers in relationship to the initial questions they were asking.

My advice, please call. The lab is not serving your needs if you do not understand the analysis. If you are trying to make an important decision, have someone help explain your report to you. As a laboratory, we have failed if we have only provided you with a number. We, at Midwest Laboratories want to answer your questions and give you the information you need to use the reported data to answer your questions.

Please consider calling or emailing a representative at Midwest Laboratories and let’s make sure we complete the process.

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Sample Paperwork – Avoid Delays

mwlIn this current culture where companies are trying to go paperless and scanning barcodes continues to grow and get better each year, sample paperwork is still the best option for insuring your analysis request is received and processed.

Just like other companies, we are trying to find an easier solution and we are making advances where report informaiton is keyed in versus written. However, we still see the most issues with running the wrong analysis because the information was hard to read or was given over the phone and not recorded correctly. In addition, the number one reason for samples getting delayed in receiving is no paperwork is included with the samples.

In addition, entering sample information takes less time when a client’s account number is attached to the paperwork. If attached, the information regarding name, address and analysis gets entered into the system much quicker and with fewer mistakes.

Also, make sure your information is complete. Include your name, address and phone in case question come up regarding your sample and accompanying paperwork.

This spring, avoid delays and mistakes by learning how to submit your paperwork online and attaching it with your sample.

 

With Warmer Temps Comes Pollen

Pollen Map 2015

Source: Pollen.com

It is pollen season again. Check out the map for 3/17/15.
The ground temperatures are rising and grass is begining to turn green.
It also appears that temperatures are back to a normal range in most areas.

Seasonal allergies are a concern for many. Here is a news story that talks about ways people with allergies can deal with the higher pollen counts this spring.