Plants like all living organisms require food to survive. The nutrients and trace elements in garden soil are as important to plants as food is to people. Over time the levels of these nutrients and trace elements in the soil can become depleted or out of balance largely through their indirect removal in the form of plant prunings.
The correct levels and balance of these essential nutrients and trace elements is required not only to ensure the optimum performance of plants, but as an side effect of healthy growth, the plants become stronger, more resistant to pest and disease attack and better equipped to fight off infection! Plants will sometimes exhibit symptoms of nutrient deficiencies such as chlorosis (yellow leaves generally attributed to insufficient magnesium) and soil testing is not meant to be a substitute for proper evaluation of plant health but is an extremely useful tool in our arsenal, helping us to identify reduced availability of the important elements.
Although soil testing is often overlooked by gardeners due to the non-instant results, it can save a lot of hassle and money in the long term, whilst giving you a garden that would otherwise be impossible.
How can we help?
Soil testing and analysis is the most accurate way to ascertain your existing levels of nutrients and trace elements. We are able to perform major nutrient testing in house and are able to organise broad spectrum testing through third party laboratories.
Once we know what the nutrient levels are, we are able to offer a tailored feeding solution to ‘feed the soil’, correcting any deficiencies or in-balance, thus making your plants grow healthier and stronger.
What about new gardens?
We always recommend soil testing to clients having a total re-design or building a garden on a virgin plot. Knowing what quality of soil you have to work with can be an invaluable asset when selecting plants and can even allow for soil to be altered to suit the plants you desire.
In short, soil testing and correct action based on the results makes the difference between a plant and an excellent plant!