Why have your soil tested?
Does it really matter?
Dirt is dirt right?
Soil is the foundation that all lawns and gardens are built on. Without knowing what’s there you can’t build the strong foundation on which to produce a quality lawn.
Here’s the dirt on dirt:
Let’s start with pH. It’s the measure of a soil’s Acidity or Alkalinity. When the soil pH is not in the optimal range of 6.5 to 7.5 then it has trouble absorbing nutrients that may be plentiful in the soil. It’s like being in a boat in the middle of the ocean but you don’t have any water to drink. The ideal range will allow most of the nutrients to become available to the grass.
This is step one. Next you need to be sure the soil microbes are healthy in the soil as well. These little microbes strip the micronutrients in the table above from the soil and when they die the plants then can absorb them at that point. A healthy population of soil microbes is very important to the health of your lawn and garden.
Plants actually exude sugars (glucose) they make into the soil to feed the soil microbes so they will flourish and strip the necessary micro-nutrients from the soil for the plant to use. The plants also produce oxalic acid to gather some of these nutrients on its own but it’s a far less efficient way to obtain them.Another partner plants work with in the soil is a fungus called Mycorrhizae. The glucose the roots exude also feeds the mycelium of this fungus which in turn expands the surface area of the roots by as much as 120 times and transfers water and nutrients to the plant roots through their filaments.
Inoculating the soil with this fungus will improve the water absorption of the grass by 100 times making it more draught resistant, and gives the plants roots access to far more micronutrients – some of which are insoluble and often out of reach for a regular root system.
Soil analysis test is done by a third party lab in Guelph, Ontario. It’s how we build lawns from the ground up – through science.