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Hello, Can someone help me interpret my soil test results and explain what condition my lawn is in?  I noticed the ph is pretty low, but that's all I understand.  The 2 results are for my front lawn and back lawn.  I have tall fescue.  I plan on going cheap and lazy, but should I lime first, then use Ringer?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 
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sunnuffabitch!

Yeah, you need to add a lot of lime!  Do you have a lot of conifer trees in your yard?

I'm gonna guess that the "HM%" is "humus" or "organic matter".  2% is kinda "normal" and 10% is freaky excellent.  You have less than half a percent.  Your soil is more like dirt.  Pretty close to cement.

Is your soil kinda sandy?  Your CEC is a little low, but I think that's because it is so low in organic matter.  Your P and K look okay (if I'm reading the test right) and I think some fertilizer closer to 5-0-0 or 10-0-0 or 12-0-0 would do you a lot of good.  The ringer stuff is 10-2-6 which is okay. 

What does your lawn look like now?  Have you read the lawn care article?  Are you mowing high?
 
                                  
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I have 6 white oaks in front.  3 in back, 1 cedar and 1 maple.  I try and mulch the leaves so they'll break down on the lawn for organic material. 

My soil is red clay.  Back lawn actually looks ok, but grass is very patchy and I get a lot of weeds.  Front looks terrible, I have good patches in some areas, but mainly weeds in others.  Some kind of spurge took over the front lawn last year, but I just let it grow b/c I don't like to use Roundup. 

I have read "cheap & lazy" and have been trying to follow by cutting high, but haven't limed in a while.  I did Ringer last fall and this spring.  I limed last weekend according to your Ph article and will lime again next month.  Should I fertilize between liming now or just wait until fall?
 
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I will fertilize this weekend w/ one of your suggestions in previous post.  It's hard to get my hands on Ringer around here w/out having to pay too much for shipping. 

We were in drought for several years, but came out of it last year.  We've been getting rain, but very inconsistently.  We average about 3-4 inches per month, but are about 2-4 inches down this year. 

Do you think I should water?
 
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I think you should water only when you need to.

With really deep, really good soil, you should be able to go the whole summer without watering.

Granted, the fertilizer can be expensive.  But, I am suggesting that you not use much - you might get two or three years out of one bag.  And I am gonna try and save you lots of time, water, etc.  Here is the cheapest I can find.  You might be able to find something similar that is local and cheaper.  The key is:  feather meal and organic. 

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