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Adjust Your pH
If you need to adjust your soil pH, fall precipitation will help work Mag-I-Cal into the soil as rainwater moves through it. Cycles of freezing and thawing also help to open tiny cracks in the soil and move Mag-I-Cal into the soil. This helps prepare the soil for more optimal conditions for grass growth in the spring. The ideal pH range to grow grass is 6.2 to 7.0.  Contact your local hardware store for a Jonathan Green soil pH test kit.

Use  Mag-I-Cal for acidic soils if your pH is low, or  Mag-I-Cal for alkaline soils if your pH is high. These applications may be needed more than once per year if your pH is out of range.
How's Your Soil?
To improve your soil, you need to understand the soil chemistry in order to apply the right products. Soil analysis test results will give your soil’s current pH and nutrient content, and will tell you what to add to achieve the correct pH and nutrient levels. 
The best way to test your soil is to send a sample to your local university Cooperative Extension Service. If you aerate, collect the cores from different sites in your yard. The Rutgers University Soil Testing Laboratory recommends 10-15 cores within the sampling area, placing all cores together in a container. If you are not aerating, use a spade, shovel, or core sampler. Tools should be either stainless steel or chrome-plated. Do not use brass, bronze, or galvanized tools because they will contaminate samples with copper and/or zinc.
If a shovel or a spade is used, dig a V-shaped hole to sample depth of 4-6’’ excluding any thatch, then cut a ½ inch slice off to the side. Do this in different places in the section of the lawn (i.e. front) to be tested.
Mix soil cores for each sample in a clean, plastic bucket. If the bucket has been used to hold fertilizer or other chemicals, wash it thoroughly before using it for soil samples. Let the sample dry well before testing.  Place it in a zip lock bag.
Sandwich size is usually adequate.

Soil testing labs are less busy in the fall then they are in the spring, so turnaround time is faster. 
Wait until spring to apply any recommended products (except for Mag-I-Cal to adjust pH).
The Final Cut
Don't forget to cut your grass to about 2 inches for the final cut of the season. This helps eliminate trapped moisture which could lead to snow mold in the spring.
Don't go too short or the lawn could become stressed by the cold weather.
The Winner is...
Congratulations Matt of Jefferson City, MO. Matt is the winner of our  Show Us Your Lawn Contest  for the month of October. He will receive a $50 gift card to Selecturf in Jefferson City, MO where he purchases our products! 
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