The Benefits of Professional Soil Testing

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Soil Analysis by Superior Spray Service - Lakeland FloridaEvery gorgeous lawn, stately tree or beautiful flower started from the same place; the soil. Whether you are looking to boost the curb appeal of your home or starting a vegetable garden, smart growers know that soil testing can pay for itself through faster results and bigger growth. Professional soil testing from Superior Spray Service Inc. will give you a specific diagnostics of your soil’s strengths and weaknesses so you can get started on the right foot.

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Reasons Soil Testing is Important:

Professional Reporting

Your soil testing will come with a professional Soil Analysis Report that provides the information you’ll need to address your soil’s needs. Our soil tests will show you which nutrients are abundant, moderate or lacking from the sample we obtain from your yard. The nutrients and soil conditions  Superior Spray Service Inc will test for are phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, boron, zinc, manganese, iron, copper and pH levels.

Nutrient Levels For Proper Growth

Proper soil nutrition and care are the foundations for a healthy lawn. Furthermore, different types of grasses, plants, and vegetables have specific nutritional requirements, and it is common for soil pH and nutrient levels to vary from location to location. If you plan to optimize all of your growing areas it could be beneficial to test more than one section of your soil, especially if you have a large yard.

Fertilize Correctly 

Applying fertilizer may seem like a good place to start if you’re looking for a healthy lawn or garden. However, it is important to know the correct type of fertilizers to apply and how much. For example, your soil testing may reveal that you have adequate quantities of Phosphorus but are lacking Potassium. Therefore, buying a “one size fits all” fertilizer may not be in your best interest. There are also risks to damaging your lawn and garden with over fertilization. Being well prepared with a professional soil analysis from Superior Spray Service Inc. will put you on the right path to correctly fertilizing your lawn, trees, and plants.

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Potassium Deficiency

It’s The Only Way To Know

Testing your soil should always be the first step in a landscaping plan. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms soil testing is an “essential” tool that provides information on fertility and pH. Testing also indicates what adjustments— lime (raises soil pH), fertilizer (increases nutrients) — you should make to perk up tired soil.

Can I Just Use a DIY Soil Testing Kit?

Well, of course you can use a DIY kit, but will you get the results you are looking for? Probably not. DIY Soil Kits don’t always give accurate readings. For example, a client compared a DIY kit’s results to our professional results and got the following readings.


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Leaves showing magnesium deficiency

DIY Soil Testing Kit:  

pH 9 (alkaline)

Phosphorous and Nitrogen failed to register any results on the DIY Soil Testing Kit

Potassium: 100 (normal)

Professional Results:

pH 6.7 (almost neutral, slightly acidic)

Phosphorous: 147 (very high)

Potassium: 65 (low)

Nitrogen: 2.07 (adequate) 

Magnesium: 163 (adequate)

Calcium: 2520 (very high)

Sulfur: 3 (low)

Boron: 0.5 (low)

Iron: 23 (adequate)

Zinc: 8.7 (high)

Manganese: 8 (low)

Copper: 3.2 (very high)

As you can see, our professional results returned a significantly more complete profile of the soil. This leads to better, more informed decisions when it comes to maintaining your lawn and garden. So, don’t guess, get a professional test! With Superior Spray Service Inc. you will receive your soil analysis results within two weeks. Your results will be displayed on an easy to read report; complete with bar and pie chart illustrations as well as recommendations for your specific grass or plant types.

Schedule your professional soil testing analysis with Superior Spray Inc. today call 863-682-0700!

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