drink, oxygen to breathe and enough nutrients to help ‘em eat. But what happens
when you’re doing all of these things and your plant still isn’t growing?
The chances are, you probably need to do a soil test to find out. It might sound
serious, but it’s not all that involved. Here’s what you need to do and know if you
think it might be time for a soil test.
You can test your soil anytime, really. But we recommend doing one every three
years or so. It’s also a good idea to test your soil if you’ve moved into a new home
and aren’t familiar with the ground around you. If you’re looking to expand your
garden or start a totally new one – knowing what kind of soil you’re dealing with is
important as well.
In sum – it’s a good time to test whenever A.) you know you haven’t in a long time;
B.) Anytime you’re assuming control of a piece of property and C.) Anytime you’re
planning on a major project in your yard that will involve using dirt.
When is the best time?
If you think there’s a problem, then we recommend that you test as soon as you can.
Grab a test from your local store and get right to it.
If you can afford to demonstrate a little more patience, then you can have a
professional come and do it. You’ll get lab results back that’ll give you a clearer,
more thorough idea of what’s in your soil.
At the end of the day though – it’ll run you about $10 either way. Some will even do
pH and salt tests for free. If you want to get really in-depth however, it might cost
you a little extra.
What will it tell me?
Like we said just now – the depth and detail of your test can be as great or as
general as you make it. Basic tests usually help identify the amount of organic
matter in your soil, it’s pH and how many macronutrients are in there as well
(nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium). More advanced tests will give you more
than that and can get into things like soil texture, micronutrients, salinity and the
If you’re looking to get your soil tested, give us a call and we’ll be sure to send
someone to come and take a look at your yard so we can get your plants growing