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Chemicals and weed killers are not needed for a healthy lawn. Often, they're applied whether needed or not. To find out if your lawn needs more nutrients, first test the soil. If soil conditions are poor you can enhance the lawn by mulching. This means simply cutting the grass often at a high length (2.5 -3 inches)‚ then letting cuttings fall.

Weeds have less chance of taking over when lawn plants are healthy. A healthy, mulched lawn outcompetes weeds for light, nutrients, and water. On south-facing slopes and other hot, dry places consider landscaping options like prairie grasses or wildflowers instead of turf grass.

To get a soil test in La Crosse County, call UW Extension at 785-9593. Test results will be mailed to you at home. Take your soil sample to:

County Administrative Center
Room 3140 (3rd floor)
400 4thth Street N
La Crosse, WI 54601

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