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Soil Testing Is Worth the Effort

Learning the soil pH and fertility level of a soil is like driving a vehicle without any direction. To a garden owner it is essential to figure out the fertility level of a soil, whether it must have lime or additional fertilizer. The nutrients of the soil must correspond to the plants and flowers that’ll be planted which explains why soil testing is really crucial to any agricultural usage.”

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, even in the garden. Depending on your soil’s native fertility and what you grow, your plants might perform for years without needing additional fertilizer. But sooner or later, the free lunch ends. Hungry plants won’t squeal like starving pigs, but they eventually will show their unhappiness by displaying stunted growth and, depending on the particular nutrients they lack, off-color leaves. A periodic soil test lets you catch nutrient deficiencies before they progress that far. Besides indicating nutrient deficiencies, a soil test can also provide information on soil acidity, the percentage of organic matter in your soil, and your soil’s texture. But it will not tell you anything about poor soil drainage, insufficient sunlight, or insects and diseases. These threats to plants also can cause off-color leaves and stunted growth, so rule them out first before moving on to a soil test…


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