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Why Test Your Soil

Jul 09, 2015 10:33AM ● By Randy

Soil testing provides an estimate of the plants available nutrients in the soil, and is an essential tool for a sound fertilization program. Soil pH is a measure of soil acidity. A soil pH level of 7 is neutral, while a pH level below 7 is acidic, however a pH level above 7 is alkaline. The pH level in most landscapes tends to be lower than corresponding native undisturbed soils. 

 A lower pH level is due to the construction process that occurs when most structures including your home are constructed. Having a low or high pH level can affect the greenest of you lawn, especially if you are applying fertilizer to it. A low pH level makes it harder for important nutrient like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium to be absorbed in your soil. Most lawns tend to grow best between a pH level of 6.5 through 7.5. A good way to find out what your lawns pH level is at is to collect 7-10 random samples at least 3 inches deep in various spots in your lawn. After you have collected your samples mix all the samples together in a bucket to get an even analysis of your lawn. Most states have a cooperative extension where you can take your soil samples at. If you would like a professional to assist you, Give Shackleford Landscape Group a call at 302-883-9602 for more information or to schedule your lawn for soil testing. 

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