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soil program why is soil testing important despite appearances not all soil is the same even within a few city blocks dramatic differences can exist and it s those differences that can spell success or disaster for your landscape installations planting without a soil analysis is a gamble you are guessing at how much fertilizer or organic matter is really needed and most likely over-applying the wrong kind that costs money why not apply the right fertilizers in the right amounts in the right places when trees shrubs or turf fail to thrive you and your client are frustrated and disappointed replacement plantings eat up your profit and hurt your reputation why use the lurvey landscape supply soil service we have been a resource to the landscape industry for over 20 years we understand your needs our unique soil testing program addresses all of the soil properties tests are returned with recommendations specific to your landscape installation no mention of beans or corn we also have a fast turnaround time most tests can be returned within 14-21 days which test is right for my needs the four packages offered are physical analysis this determines how much sand silt and clay are present and which amendments are required to improve the soil texture and classification this test is often asked for by landscape architects and engineers to predict internal water movement improper drainage is a leading cause of plant loss this test reports soluble salts chloride nitrate bicarbonate sulfur phosphorus calcium magnesium potassium sodium boron iron manganese copper zinc aluminum and ammonium plus exchangeable sodium percent and sodium adsorption rate water analysis when we water irrigate the soil we change its chemistry in turn this changes the effectiveness of fertilizers and the levels of available nutrients proper application of necessary amendments buffers will offset the affects of irrigation this test is critical when using run-off ponds as a water source use this test at the beginning of the season and again during prolonged drought periods this report includes ph hardness conductivity sodium absorption ratio residual sodium carbonate calcium magnesium potassium sodium iron total alkalinity carbonate bicarbonate hydroxide chloride sulfur as sulfate salt concentration boron manganese copper zinc and aluminum plus salt accumulation rates soil program testing procedures for locations that appear to have the same soil types and will be treated together 1 always use clean equipment 2 use a soil probe if available if not dig a 6 deep hole and shave slices off the sides do not include turf and weeds in the sample but be sure to include the soil around the roots of these plants 3 collect 6 to 10 samples from the area to be tested and mix them together in a clean container collect three 3 cups of this mix for the sample to be sent to the lab for the physical analysis the lab will need four 4 cups 4 using the paper bags provided send the samples in asap to get the most reliable results 5 make sure you label your samples so that you know where they came from make a map of the site so that separate samples can be identified latter for different treatments for soil or compost stock piles 1 always use clean equipment 2 pull several samples from around the pile to mix together 3 using the paper bags provided send the samples in asap to get the most reliable results standard soil audit this is an acid extraction test that determines the nutrient levels of the soil and what is actually available for plant use use this test before you plant to determine what needs to be done to correct problems before they occur this test is also used to determine what will need to be done in order to maintain the soil after planting and into the future along with recommendations you will see the following total exchange capacity ph organic matter percent soluble sulfur extractable phosphorus bray ii phosphorus calcium magnesium sodium boron iron manganese copper zinc and aluminum plus base saturation percent of calcium magnesium potassium sodium hydrogen and other bases saturated soil analysis this water extraction test focuses on what is at the root zone today this is important 1 on irrigated sites 2 when previous over-fertilization may have occurred 3 if current fertilizing practices are not producing results 4 if composts or other organic materials have been used or 5 when planting in sandy soils that can not hold nutrients for extended periods this is also the right test for soil-less medias used by nurseries and greenhouses for soil-less media from greenhouses and nurseries use plastic bags inside the paper bags and follow the above instructions 110 lurvey landscape supply des plaines 847-299-8333 volo 815-363-4420