Soil: The Life of Your Landscape Depends on the Foundation

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    Many people don’t realize that soil is the foundation of whether or not their outdoor elements are successful. The right type, consistency and amount of soil is vital for patio and wall construction, as well as plant maintenance and turf chemical programs. If you don’t know what your soil is made of, then you may be setting yourself up for failure.

    The good news is, you don’t have to guess. There are professional services that can test your soil and let you know what needs to be done to make it more conducive for the plans you have for your outdoor space. In fact, having your soil tested will allow you to have a customized plan regarding what needs to be done to make your property more welcoming to plants. Soil and Your Landscape

    Plants are going to thrive when you have the right nutrients in your soil. Also, when the pH is in proper range and when drainage is adequate. You will maximize the investment you make in your landscape when you understand where you can improve your soil and not spending on things that aren’t necessary. With soil testing you will know exactly what is and is not needed.

    Turf: Customized Plans to Fit Your Needs

    A turf program should not ever fall into the category of “one size fits all.” If your landscape company tells you this works, you are probably paying for things that you don’t really need, or not getting what you really need for a healthy and lush lawn. When you invest in soil testing, you will have a plan that is customized to your yard and your yard’s health.

    Walls and Patios

    The structure of your soil is going to determine how the foundation for a hardscape project needs to be constructed. When you know the soils drain, as well as its structure, you can feel confident that the investment you make will last. Failure to take this crucial step may result in your hardscape feature failing sooner, rather than later. In the long run, this is going to cost you much more than investing in a soil test before getting started.

    When you call a professional landscape service, you will find that any quality service provider is going to recommend this type of soil test. This will provide you with the information necessary to make educated decisions regarding what plants to plant and how to install hardscapes so they last. This type of information is invaluable when it comes to creating a great looking and healthy outdoor space.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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