Landscape management companies in the Dallas Tx area understand that different types of soil require different types of treatment. These professionals know that before planting any type of vegetation, the soil should be tested to ensure that it is fertile enough to enable the plants to thrive.
Soil that lacks the necessary nutrients can reduce the growth rate of a plant and increase the potential for disease, drought and insect infestations. A resource from Site One Landscaping Supply points out that, “Routine soil testing is a great tool to help point out nutrient deficiencies and surpluses, soil pH, and Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC). Understanding the test results allows for the selection of the appropriate fertilizer or amendments to help correct deficiencies and other problems to optimize the uptake of fertilizer nutrients by the plant.”
The best soil type of flowers, grass, and shrubs has a pH level between 6 and 7. If the pH levels are below 6, the soil will become more acidic making it more difficult for these types of vegetation to grow well.
It is possible to complete a DIY home test on your soil to get a general idea about the pH levels of your soil. Take a soil sample and mix it with water. Add vinegar to the mixture and observe the results. If the mixture begins to bubble, it’s composition is more alkaline. Plants like wildflowers, grasses, zinnia, carnations, and peonies grow well in alkaline soil. If it does not bubble, take a second sample and repeat the process with baking soda in place of vinegar. If the mixture bubbles, it is more acidic. Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, blueberries, rhododendrons, and lilies grow well in acidic soil.
While sampling the soil is crucial, it’s just as important how to take a proper sample. Merely shoveling the ground to remove the dirt will not provide the proper sample needed to determine the precise composition of the soil. It is vital to remove the soil from a specific depth in order to obtain the best soil test results.
Five to ten samples are needed for smaller areas and ten to fifteen samples are necessary for larger regions. The collected samples should be placed in a clean, plastic container. The following depths are recommended for taking proper soil samples based on the vegetation type:
- Garden and lawn soil – six inches
- Turfgrass – three inches
- Shrubs and trees – 12 inches
- Soil with lead-level concerns – ¾ of an inch
For more information on soil testing and lawn maintenance companies in the Dallas Tx area, call Cgreens Landscape Management at 972-231-2870 today!
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