With all our talk about soil health, have you wondered about the importance of soil testing and what to evaluate for?
Our Healthy Turf Circle blog series from January covered the importance of underlying soil conditions for growing specific crop types. Various types of plants require different soil characteristics—chemically and physically—in order to thrive. Accordingly, soil testing is the best tool we have available to get a snapshot into what is happening beneath the surface. PJC Organic tests for 4 criteria through chemical analysis. These criteria include: pH, organic matter, cation exchange capacity and base saturation. Then, we make our best product recommendations based off of the data to address the soil conditions as quickly as possible.
Soil testing is PJC’s most popular support service for landscapers. PJC prides themselves on their comprehensive soil testing reports. These reports provide landscapers an objective launching point for organic turf care customers. We provide you with soil testing bags that are pre-labeled, you dig the dirt and send samples are sent to our lab. Then, we interpret results and equip you with a letter for your client that has product recommendations. Our product recommendations are designed to improve your client lawns’ underlying soil conditions.
Keeping an objective approach provides customers with the knowledge of why you are doing what you’re doing. Most importantly, committing to an organic program and maintaining one for years to come decreases product inputs over time. Our soil test report cards provide a comparison after 3 years for your client. This shows how much the soil has improved and allows you an opportunity to rebid the program they are on. Everything starts with the soil, so be sure to soil test to give your organic program the best chance for success!