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How knowing your soil’s pH level can enhance your Long Island landscape

by on November 20, 2013

Most homeowners plant their flowers, trees and shrubs without giving any thought to the quality of the soil in which they are planting. It isn’t until their Long Island landscape is unsuccessful despite their best efforts that it may dawn on them that the soil’s pH, or acidity, level may not be where it should. In order to grow a successful Long Island landscape, it is important to periodically test your soil’s pH level.

What is a pH level? Testing your soil’s pH level is measuring how acidic the soil is, and depending on the type of plant in your Long Island landscape, your soil needs to be at a certain acidity level. So it is important to check with your local Long Island landscaper to find out what level your soil needs to be in order to produce the biggest yield from your plants.

What happens if the pH level isn’t where it should be? If your soil isn’t acidic enough or is too acidic, your Long Island landscape plants become prone to disease and insect damage. Furthermore, the plants will grow at a much slower rate and produce less than they typically should.

What should my soil’s pH level be? As previously stated, the soil’s pH level should be manipulated to please the Long Island landscape plant. However, most Long Island landscapers say the ideal pH level is between 6.5 and 7.

How often should I test my soil? Landscaping experts recommend testing your soil every three years. If you are not sure how to test your soil, your local Long Island landscaping company will be happy to help you with this process.

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