We perform a pH test that chemically tests your soil for pH and calcium levels. By testing the soil pH and determining the acidity and alkalinity of soil we can tell how available nutrients are in your soil and how well your plants will metabolize those nutrients. The soil pH is one of the most important factors in keeping your plants and yard healthy. Not only can pH effect plant growth, coloration and disease resistance, but can also impact how well fertilizers, insecticides, and pre-emergents work. We suggest that you test your soil once a year as factors like water, vegetation, temperature, fertilization, climate, and chemicals that may be applied can alter the soil pH.

While performing the test, our technicians will observe soil characteristics that have to do with water penetration, soil texture, root structure, insect activity and if anaerobic sludge is present. Our technicians can also help determine your square footage, help calibrate your sprinklers so that you have proper water output, get you on the right fertilization program (both restoration and maintenance), and help with any other issues you may have.  


To get an accurate reading on your pH test, take a 1" pvc pipe and drive it into the ground about 7 inches for turf and flowerbeds and about a foot for trees.  Pull pipes out of ground and label from where you took them.  We do five samples for free at a time, anything over five is $4.25 per sample.  It takes twenty-four to fourty-eight hours to run the test.  When you bring in the sample(s), we will ask some questions and fill out our soil lab tech sheets and get started! If you can bring in pictures and/or a sample of the troubled plant this would be great help!*

*If you have a digital camera of some kind, several pictures of your yard can be beneficial so that we get a "feel" for your yard and may potentially troubleshoot other problematic issues. 

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Why the Soil Lab Is Important: A Case Study

A customer came in, complaining of brown spots in his lawn, and left some soil samples to be tested. We suggested that he use the free service of our soil lab as a crucial resource to help fix his problem. The results of the soil testing we did and from the questions that we asked, we determined that there was a slight watering issue and a improper pH level. Below are the before and after results of only one application of thematerial needed (and he still has one more application to do)!

 

Why the Soil Lab Is Important: Case Study 2

This lawn had not been tested for about one year. The customer came in because the fertilizer did not seem to be having the effect it normally does. Once again, we suggested that he use the free service of our soil lab to see what might be going on in the soil, even though he had tested in the previous year. The results of the soil testing we did and from the questions that we asked, we determined that there was a  a improper pH level. Below are the pictures he took of his lawn, one side of the lawn with a worse pH than the other. 

 

Why the Soil Lab Is Important: Case Study 3

This customer came in because when he moved into his new house, the front lawn had these significant brown spots and the back yard was a disaster. We walked him through soil samples for both the front and back as well as how to properly seed the back yard. These are the results.