What can we do to prepare for spring? With spring just around the corner, we all look forward to greener lawns, luscious landscapes and productive gardens.

One of the ways to prepare for a productive spring is to have your soil tested. Texas A&M Soil and Forage testing lab offers homeowners soil testing kits to evaluate nutrient levels in the soil. The price for a routine sample is $10 for a nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium soil test. Also, a routine plus micronutrients soil test is offered at the price of $15 for each sample.

If you have been experiencing nutrient problems in your lawns and/or vegetable gardens this is a good opportunity to research what nutrients may be needed for better production. Lastly, a soil test will save time, money and help reduce unwanted pollutants in our bays and estuaries.

So how do you get your hands on one of these soil test kits"? Do not let the soil test kit confuse you; it is simply a soil bag and the instructions on how to collect a proper soil sample. Call our office at 767-5217 and request a soil sample kit be sent to your address. College Station Soil and Forage Testing Laboratory performs the test and will mail the results to you.

If you have any questions about the results of the tests, please feel free to give us a call at the phone number above and we can help you interpret the data. Please make sure that the crop (i.e. vegetable garden, flower garden, turf, shrubs or trees) is specified on the form. If you are getting more than one location tested, please label the bags so that you can distinguish the results for each location.

I would also like to mention that on April 5 the city of Corpus Christi Storm Water Department and Texas AgriLife Extension Service will hold an Urban Landscape Seminar titled "Keep the City Sparkling." The seminar will be held in Corpus Christi at the Del Mar College - Center for Economic Development at 3209 South Staples.

The seminar will cover topics on the proper use of fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and conservation of water resources. The seminar is free to the public. You can preregister for the seminar at 826-1650.