If your lawn has been experiencing chronic growth problems, the reason may have to do with your soil.
All soils are not created equal. In fact, soil is constantly changing. Nutrient elements in soil can become diminished due to plant growth, leaching or erosion. On the other hand, nutrient elements can increase in soil when fertilizer or compost are added.
The best way to determine if your soil is supplying the required nutrients for healthy plant growth is to perform a soil test. Through soil testing, the current “fertility status” of your soil can be measured. This lets us know what nutrients may or may not need to be added to the soil to help it foster growth.
One of the main soil properties that gets measured during a soil test is the pH level. Most turfgrasses, flowers and ornamental shrubs grow best in soil with a pH level between 6.1 and 6.9 (slightly acid).
Soils with a pH level below this range will benefit from the addition of lime. If the pH level is above this range, aluminum sulfate may need to be added.
Other soil properties that can be tested for include texture and available nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels.
By testing your soil on an ongoing basis, we can provide your lawn and landscape with the ideal nutrient amounts for proper growth. If you have any questions or concerns regarding soil testing on your property, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.