A soil test is the analysis of a soil sample to determine nutrient and contaminated content, composition, and other characteristics such as the acidity or pH level. Why is it important to know this information? The quantity of available nutrients in the sample determines the amount of fertilizer that is recommended. A soil test also measures soil pH, humic matter and exchangeable acidity. These analyses indicate whether lime is needed and, if so, how much to apply. Before you s soil pHplant anything this spring, a good soil test is a must! It will save you time and money in the long run.
* Soil testing encourages plant growth by providing the best lime and fertilizer recommendations. When growers guess about the need for lime or fertilizers, too little or too much is likely to be applied. By using a soil test report, the grower does not need to guess. For Example: When applying too much lime, soil pH may rise above the needed level, which causes nutrients such as iron, manganese, boron, copper and zinc to become less available to plants.
* Soil testing is good for the environment. When gardeners apply only as much fertilizer as is necessary, nutrient runoff into surface or ground water is minimized and natural resources are conserved.
* Soil testing saves money that might otherwise be spent on unneeded lime and fertilizer. It is common to see homeowners purchase one bag of lime when they purchase one bag of fertilizer. Based on an average lawn size of 5,000 square feet, one bag of fertilizer may be enough, but applying one bag of lime over 5,000 square feet, however, will have little effect on soil pH.
This information can be a little overwhelming for many people, so we are always available to help with questions and concerns. Just stop in and ask!
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