Tips to Follow When Getting Soil Testing Done

Tips to Follow When Getting Soil Testing Done

Here are tips you should follow whenever you’re getting soil testing done.

Soil testing is the equivalent of a doctor’s checkup for plants. That’s why it’s important to test your soil regularly. Doing this will allow you to identify problems with your plants, then produce the appropriate remedy for the situation. So, how does one go about testing their soil? Here are tips you should follow whenever you’re getting soil testing done.

Measure the pH of Your Soil

If, for example, you have a fruit or vegetable garden, a suitable pH range for your soil would be around 6.0 to 7.0. If the pH level of your soil isn’t in this range, your plants won’t be able to access the nutrients that you put into your garden. That’s why you should test your soil’s pH level occasionally. If your soil’s pH level is too low, you could use something such as lime in order to raise the pH levels. For pH levels that are too high, there are fertilizers that are capable of lowering pH.

Deal With Nutrient Deficiencies in Your Soil

Even when the pH level of your soil is fine, it may still be lacking certain nutrients. There are a few reasons this could occur. For example, if your soil has a lot of sand content in it, heavy rain could cause nutrients to leak out of the soil. Sometimes, nutrients go down when you use the same soil for extended periods of time. If your garden isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, then replacing your soil may be the right decision to make.

Don’t Add Any Unnecessary Nutrients

When getting soil testing done, it’ll let you know which nutrients your soil needs. Not only that, though, because it also lets you know which nutrients do NOT need to be added. This is important to note because having too much of a given nutrient can actually be detrimental to the health of your garden. Be sure to note which nutrients are not needed in your garden. This way, you can avoid adding them in, which could otherwise create future problems.

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