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, a pH level below 7 is acidic and 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 building process that occurs when most structures including your home are constructed. Having a low or high pH level can affect the greenness of your lawn, especially if you are applying fertilizer to it. A low pH level makes it harder for important nutrients, such as 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 seven to ten random samples at least three 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 that will take and test your soil samples. If you would like a professional to assist you, give Shackleford Landscape Group a call for more information or to schedule your lawn for soil testing.
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