The Real Cost of an Enviable Lawn

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-06-21T15:54:22Z

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Dirt of Champions

Beneath every great lawn is great soil. And soil needs lots of nutrition to ward off pests, including those competitive neighbors trying to outdo your lawn. Give your soil a nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium checkup with a soil testing kit and moisture meter.

$18: Rapitest Soil Tester -- Ace Hardware
$16: Rapitest Moisture Meter with Probe -- Ace Hardware

Running Tally: $283