Soil testing is essential to properly assess chemical and biological conditions. With the results we can see which nutrients and elements are in short supply or in some cases, too prevalent. Our goal is to restore nature’s balance to your lawn and plants so this is especially useful in assessing a property in which harmful chemical fertilizers have been at play. Sometimes we find that an important element that is lacking in your plants is actually in high supply right there in the soil, it just needs added microbiology to help make those mineral reserves available.
Take a look at these results from soil in my very own backyard. Among some other imbalances, notice that Manganese- an important trace element, is very high in reserve form yet the amount available to the plants is low.
Page 2 of the soil sample test results offer some solutions to our imbalances, including a suggestion to add compost tea. It adds microbiology to the soil, which will convert reserve elements into available elements.
A traditional, less attentive approach may suggest just adding more Manganese via high-salt synthetic fertilizer (creating unlivable soil conditions for microorganisms) but since we’re able to see the high reserves due to testing, we see that it’s actually already right there waiting to be unlocked. Know your soil, it’s the source!