We borrowed the catchy phrase,” don’t guess...soil test,” from the Penn State extension. Are you a 5-Step lawn applicator? Do you hire a lawn service to spray chemicals on your lawn? You may be wasting your money and harming water systems. Plants are similar to people. Humans seek tests for cholesterol, blood pressure, and a variety of other health metrics which give guidelines on how to best feed and care for our bodies. Similarly with plants, we need to test and ensure that we are giving them the proper food to thrive and withstand stresses like drought, pests and diseases. The healthier a plant, the quicker it can respond to stresses without chemical intervention.
Proper soil fertility is the foundation for plant health. Whether you have grass, flowers, trees or a few shrubs, you will save money and our environment by conducting a soil test. It provides you with exactly the nutrients required for your lawn and plants. A $9.00 investment in a Penn state soil test will inform you about organic matter, pH in the soil and ensure that you are applying the proper amounts and type of plant food. Soil tests often reveal that adequate quantities of soil nutrients are present, thus preventing unnecessary or harmful fertilizer applications.
Feed the soil, not the plant
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