Plants need nutrients to thrive and in an ideal world, all the nutrients any plant could ever need would be contained in abundance in the soil. However, in the real world, that’s often just not the case. Because plants require so many nutrients to survive, the soil is often depleted of these substances for future plantings.
Over-use of a single garden plot without adding nutrients back into the soil through organic matter or other treatments is a sure way to end up with soil that lacks the basic building blocks of plant life. When you consider that plants require 13 key nutrients, and that even slight problems with the soil can rob them of many of these nutrients, it’s amazing that anything grows anywhere!
Recently, My Tiny Plot published a very informative post about plant nutrients. In it, the author discusses the 13 key nutrients and how you can tell by looking at your plants which nutrients they’re missing. It’s essential reading for anyone who wants the greatest chance of success with a gardening or landscaping installation.
However, simply looking at your plants won’t tell you the whole story of what’s going on in your soil. For a complete picture, you need to have your soil tested for nutrients and pH. Soil testing will tell you exactly which nutrients are lacking and whether or not your pH needs to be adjusted. Then, a lawn care company can apply fertilizers to correct the deficiencies, and make adjustments to your pH.
For more information about plant nutrients, visit My Tiny Plot. If you’re ready to have your soil tested and take steps to correct any imbalances, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you get your soil back to optimum condition!