Do you notice that your plants haven’t been growing as they normally should? If so, it is possible that your soil’s nutrients may be to blame. In order to maintain the health of your plant life and ensure proper growth, it is imperative to perform a soil test.
The fertility of your soil is in state of perpetual flux from season to season, year after year. The quantity and availability of mineral nutrients in your soil constantly change with the addition of fertilizers, manure, compost, mulch and lime or sulfur, in addition to leaching. Plant growth and development, flower, fruit and other crop harvesting will also deplete your soil of mineral nutrients. A soil test should be administered every so often to determine that your soil is supplying the right level of nutrition for healthy plant growth.
Mineral nutritional content can be replenished when fertilizers, compost among other sources are applied. Through the use of soil testing, the current “fertility status” of your soil can be measured to determine what specific nutrients that your soil may be lacking if at all.
One of the main methods of determining soil properties is by checking the pH level. Most turf grasses, flowers and shrubs experience optimal growth in between 6.1 to 6.9. If the pH level is below this range, adding lime will help bring the pH level into the range. However, if the pH level is above the range, adding aluminum sulfate will alleviate the situation.
Additional soil properties available for testing include texture and available nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium levels.
A beautiful with healthy plants requires constant tending and this starts from below ground and up. The importance of soil testing cannot be underestimated to provide your lawn and landscape with the ideal conditions and amount of soil nutrition for proper growth.
Unlimited Landscaping has the staff with the experience and technical expertise to conduct soil testing. Relax in knowing that when we are on the job, you are getting the best in the business. So what are you waiting for – give us a call. We look forward to serving you soon.