The Importance of Professional Soil Testing in Clinton County, IN

The Importance of Professional Soil Testing in Clinton County, IN

July 27, 2018

Have you ever planted a flower or vegetable, followed all of the instructions and still had to watch it slowly wither instead of thrive? Chances are, this wasn’t a result of your gardening skills—it was probably the quality of the soil. If your soil doesn’t have the right balance of nutrients, your plants will die.

So how do you know if your soil is good for planting? You have a professional test it! Soil testing in Clinton County, IN isn’t just for farmers—it’s for gardeners, too. If you’ve never had a professional test the soil in your garden, now is the time, and here’s why.

Sampling

While there are do-it-yourself soil testing kits that you can pick up at your local hardware store, these often do not give you an actual idea of the soil in your garden. One cup of soil, which is what is typically required for soil testing, represents about one one-thousandth of your garden’s soil, so you need to make sure that your soil sample is representative of the whole garden. This can be quite challenging if you don’t know what you are doing. A professional will be able to look at your garden measurements and determine exactly where and how deep the sample should be taken and/or if multiple samples are necessary. For an accurate picture of the soil in your garden, it’s best to hire a professional to perform the test.

pH levels and nutrients

Some people think that as long as they use garden soil infused with nutrients, or enough fertilizer, their garden and grass will grow healthy and strong, but this is not always the case. Too much or not enough of any one nutrient a particular plant needs can affect its health. Professional testing will determine the pH levels and nutrients in your soil and what plants will grow well or what steps you need to take to help certain plants to grow better. One particular nutrient that most DIY tests don’t check for is nitrogen, which is one of the nutrients that plants are most hungry for. A professional soil test won’t skip testing the nitrogen levels.

Watering

If you’ve done any gardening, you already know that there’s a fine line between giving a plant enough water and overwatering. But overwatering isn’t only determined by the amount of water—it’s also determined by the soil. Certain soils allow plant roots to absorb a lot of water, while others filter water through so quickly that plants can’t absorb enough water. Professional soil testing will help you determine the right amount of water needed to keep your plants healthy.

If you want to make sure that your flowers, vegetables and even your grass stay healthy year after year, be sure to hire a professional to test your soil. At BCS Landscape Design & Soil Testing, we offer professional soil testing in Clinton County, IN as well as a variety of other landscaping services. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us today!

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