How Soil pH Affects Plant Growth

soil pH1Your garden or the landscape frequently needs to be checked if the soil pH is appropriate with your gardening requirements or not. If you are not getting required response even after using fertilizers you must get the soil tested and ph Level determined.

pH Values and pH Scale

pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a soil. The pH scale runs through 0.0 to 14.0 values on the scale. The most acid soil would have 0.0 value stands for the most acidic soil while 14.0 is the top value for the most alkaline soil on the pH scale.

Middle of the scale i.e. at 7.0 values is attributed to the neutral soil. Meaning thereby, the soil with 7.0 pH value would neither be acidic nor alkaline in nature on the scale. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Soil Preparation Tips for Your Garden

rich-soilFirst thing you need to do with your garden soil is to get a soil test. Results of the soil analysis will guide you for what you need to add to correct the pH and boost deficient nutrients.

A soil rich with organic matter is considered to be best for plant growth. It is a good gardening practice to mix compost into soil at the start of the gardening year. It enhances the soil’s physical condition, resulting in improved drainage, increased moisture retention and better aeration. Compost compliments soil with organic matter that contains plant nutrients and act as fertilizer.

Based on specific plant requirements you should add extra nutrients, fertilizers and additives. For indoor as well as outdoor plants bat and seabird guano provides fast- and slow-release nutrients. It is a nematocide. Bone meal is high in phosphate and good for bulbs and root crops. Blood meal is nitrogen-rich dried powdered animal blood and builds leafy green plants. It also helps in controlling moles, squirrels and deer. Cottonseed meal is a high-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer that also adds organic material to the soil. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Control Garden Moss Growth

garden mossGarden Moss quite often starts developing when soil is compacted, wet or in too much shade. Growth of garden moss is technically attributed to the imbalance in the soil pH value.

It becomes extremely important for a gardener to determine as what are the conditions that are causing the problem and then it would be best to take the next step toward eliminating the garden moss.

Have your soil tested again to see if the nutrient content and pH level have changed since your last test three years ago. If the soil is deficient in nutrient content or needs lime, the test report will indicate how much fertilizer and lime to apply and when to apply it.

Moss growth usually starts in early winter and reaches its peak in early spring. This growth is caused by excessive rainfall. Moss growth normally declines in summer as conditions become drier and the grass growth increases. In shady areas, the moss may continue to grow through the summer. Read the rest of this entry

Fall is Best Time For Soil Testing

The first action that should come in your mind once you start diagnosing a plant problem in your own garden is to go for soil testing.Many problems in lawns and gardens can be easily rectified if the owner knows the condition of the soil.

Fall is an appropriate time of the year to go for soil testing. It becomes even more prudent if adding organic soil amendments that can take longer to become available to plants. A quality soil report serves as a primary tool and the first step for getting any lawn and garden off to a great start as well as maintaining it through the year.

There are two prime responsible factors for healthy plants: Putting the right plant in the right place; and feeding the soil, and letting the soil feed the plants.

Making sure your soil is healthy will provide the conditions and nutrients your plants and lawn need to thrive. A soil test is a simple — but important — step in assessing some of the most basic elements. Consistently amending soil with compost and other organic matter will put you well on your way to ideal soil conditions. The soil testing results would sure be an eye-opening experience and well worth the small investment. Read the rest of this entry

Very often people find it difficult to distinguish between plant nutrition  and plant fertilization. These two are entirely different aspects as a matter of fact. 

“Plant nutrition refers to the needs and uses of the basic chemical elements in the plant,” Koske explains. “Fertilization is the term used when these materials are supplied to the environment around the plant. But chemical change may occur before a plant nutrient supplied in a fertilizer can be taken up and used by the plant,” says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske. Read the rest of this entry

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