Soil Test Jacksonville FL

Plants require 14 mineral nutrients for proper growth and reproduction. For the most part, soil can supply sufficient amounts of these nutrients. However, in some cases, soils may not have enough of one or more essential nutrients to sustain plant growth. Soil testing is the most effective way to determine the nutrient status and pH of the soil in a home landscape or vegetable garden. Soil test results are useful to determine whether fertilizer or lime applications are needed. This publication provides information about taking a soil sample and how to understand the soil test report.

Taking a Soil Sample

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In order to obtain reliable results from a soil test, the soil sample must be taken correctly. The soil sample should accurately represent the area that will be planted and managed. The items needed to take a soil sample include a plastic bucket, a shovel (or soil probe), and a paper bag or newspaper. Follow these steps to properly collect a soil sample:

  1. 1. Identify the area to be sampled. Turf areas, vegetable gardens and ornamental beds should all be sampled separately. Also, any problem areas (such as depressions, rocky areas, etc.) should be sampled separately to avoid contaminating samples from good areas.
  2. 2. Using a shovel (or soil probe), remove soil from 10 to 15 locations within the sampling area. Soil should be removed from the top 6 inches. Walk in a zigzag pattern, stopping occasionally to remove soil for the sample.
  3. 3. After taking each sub-sample, remove any plant material or mulch and deposit the soil into the plastic bucket. Mix the soil in the bucket to ensure it is well blended.
  4. 4. Spread the soil out on a newspaper or paper grocery bag and allow it to dry thoroughly.
  5. 5. Once dry, pack approximately 1 pint of soil (fill to the dotted line) into a soil sample bag (available free from your county Extension office). Alternatively, you may pack soil into a zip-top plastic bag.

Soil Test Results

Once the soil analysis is complete, a soil test report will be mailed (usually within 7 days after the ESTL receives the sample). For a quicker response, provide an email address and report(s) will be sent immediately upon completion of analysis. A copy of the soil test report will also be sent to your local county Extension agent, who you should contact if you have questions or need assistance interpreting the results. Figures 1-3 show an example of a soil test report from the ESTL.

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There is no better time to enhance a lawns ultimate beauty and success then before you sod.

Tilling allows for optimum root growth. Sod needs sunlight, air, water and nutrients. Simply put if its lacking any one of these the sod suffer. In the right proportions, the grass will flourish, but many soils are Compact. By tilling the soil air and nutrients are stirred up and readily available to the sod. This will allow for rapid new root growth. As long as you can provide the water and sunlight!

Is my soil up to par?
Click here Soil Test to get a soil test for about $10.00.

What is the best Soil for sod?
Loams, sandy loams and loamy sands, with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0

Can Soils Be Improved?

Only if soil test results says your ph is off or shows a lack of a nutrient. The sod that is
installed by us is raised in the same soil that is in your front lawn if your form Jacksonville Florida. Call now for your free estimate.
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