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Fall through April is the best time to have your soil tested. This way you can amend the soil with nutrients and they will penetrate the soil more evenly.

Q – Why should I do a soil test?
A – To determine the pH, phosphorus and potassium levels in the soil. A soil test can save you money on your fertilizer budget and increase production in your garden and make for a greener lawn.
Q – When is the best time during the year to take a soil sample?
A – A soil sample can be taken at any time during the year, but is it best to do when the soil is moist during the spring and fall.
Q – How often should I take a soil sample?
A – Yards and gardens should be retested every four years to keep track of soil fertility changes.
Q – What depth should I go to get a sample?
A – For an established average home lawn or garden, the sample should be a representation of the top four to six inches. For newly established gardens, a six inch depth is required.
Q – How do I take a soil sample?
A For a home lawn or garden area, collect samples from six to ten different areas, depending on the size of the area to be tested. Collect a small amount of the top four to six inches and place in a plastic bucket. When all the samples have been collected, break and mix it all together. Collect your 2 cup or pint sample from this mixture.
Q How much soil do I need?
A – The sample which represents each field or home lawn/garden should be about a pint. (2 cups full works well)
Q – How many samples do I need?
A – You should test lawn and garden separately.
Q – How much does the test cost?
A – The cost of routine soil analysis is \$30 when they are brought to the Greene County Extension Office. (actual cost may vary by county)
Q – How long will I have to wait for my results?
A – From the time a sample is sent to MU Soil Lab from our office, it will be seven to ten days before we receive the analysis and mail you the recommendations.
 Zoom Class on Shrubs and Grasses ﻿for the Home Landscape
Saturday, November 21

1:00-4:00 pm

417-874-2955

Gardeners, here's a free public Zoom seminar that will help you plan your home garden for 2021. Christian County Master Gardeners will host its last gardening seminar of the year via Zoom on shrubs and grasses for the home landscape.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. A link to the seminar will be sent to those who register. Questions and more details on Christian County Master Gardeners, website or phone M-F at: 417-874-2955 or email.
 Flower Math: Divide and Multiply
 Have your spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulip and narcissus, start to decline in numbers? If so, it is time to rejuvenate the bulb clusters by dividing them. After dividing them, move the extra bulbs to new locations or share with family and friends. Learn more, continue reading here.
 2020-21 MDC Seedling Order Form - Tree and Shrub
Seedling Order Form 2020–2021 - Missouri Department of Conservation' -- Plan Ahead and Order Early!

Although we accept orders from Sept. 1, 2020, through April 15, 2021, we always sell out of some species quickly. To get the plants you want, please send your order as soon as possible. Otherwise, you can select the option to have us substitute suitable species for you. Some species are in short supply and will only be available online.
Tulip poplar

Check out our online catalog for all available seedlings. You can place your order online starting Sept. 1, 2020 or download the Seedling Catalog order form, and send it by regular mail or fax. Click PDF for complete details.
 Crocus: Herald of Spring
"A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift."
– David Steindl-Rast

Although we have yet to endure the rigors of winter, in only four short months the small, cup-like flowers of crocus will begin to appear. Learn more about crocus here
 Need a Speaker for a Meeting or Group?
 Master Gardeners of Greene County are unavailable at this time to speak to garden clubs, civic organizations, schools and other groups on a wide variety of topics within the world of gardening, horticulture, landscaping and the environment. Please keep us in mind for a future date. For more information. Email Us
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 417-874-2963 The Hotline will be staffed onsite only on Thursdays ﻿from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm primarily for soil testing. Continue to call, email us or send pictures to hotline@mggreene.org These are two separate ways of contacting us. http://mggreene.org/hotline/ Read our "Ask a Master Gardener" column in the Sunday Springfield News-Leader. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook! Thank you!!   MGGC Master Gardeners of Greene County, Missouri 417-874-2963