Soil, the medium in which plant roots grow, has a dramatic effect on plant health. Our native soils tend to have high pH (potential Hydrogen) levels. PH is the measurement of acidity and alkalinity in the soil. It is measured on a scale of 1-14. A pH level of 7 is considered neutral. Plants can, in most cases, function well with pH levels between 6-7. Levels below 7 are considered acidic and levels above 7 are considered alkaline. Micronutrients become restricted for plant uptake when pH rises into the 7 – 8.5 levels. It is important to constantly monitor and manage the soils so that all turf areas; flowerbeds and other plants on your property are healthy and vibrant through out the year.
A carefully thought out Fertilizer Program is vital to healthy turf. What fertilizer is applied, how often and during what season applications take place is all critical information. Applying fertilizer without a plan is simply a waste of your money. In areas where turf is located on your property, a significant investment is being made with watering, labor for mowing and over seeding and fertilizer. These areas are the most expensive per square foot to maintain. The pay off is well worth it as long as the turf looks healthy.
Seasonal flowerbeds are what really make a property come alive. In order to have healthy flowers, its necessary to have soil management strategies in place. Fertilization and watering schedules are also important components of thriving bed of flowers.