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- Determine the garden floor - explained step by step
The soil in the garden plays one of the most important roles in the growth of plants. Here's why it explains how to set the garden floor.
Most plants have a certain requirement on the soil condition. So they only thrive when you plant them in the right soil. Many plants adapt to the soil conditions, which is why they often come in too. That's why it's so important that you make the right plant selection for every type of soil.
However, the problem is often that hobby gardeners in particular do not even know what kind of floor they have in the garden. Accordingly, they are also surprised when many plants do not want to thrive properly or even enter. Therefore we will explain to you here how to determine the soil condition in your garden. With this knowledge, you will certainly no longer use the wrong plants in the garden.
Determine the garden floor - explained step by step
➤ Step 1 - Determine soil type:
There are many different types of soil, all with very specific characteristics. With this you can easily determine the soil type in your garden. Just take a soil sample and take a closer look at it. In this overview you will find the individual characteristics of the soil types:
- sandy soils - very light, but often nutrient poor
- Moorland - black, very moist soil
- Heavy soils - often clayey, very fertile, waterlogged, become extremely hard in summer
- calcareous soils (also called alkaline soils) - light, stony soils, permeable and fertile
- Lime-free soils (also called acid soils) - store moisture well, can be neutralized with lime
And, could you analyze what soil you have in the garden? If not, then you should go to step 2. If yes, then jump to step 3.
➤ Step 2 - Have expert soil analysis performed:
Accurate information as to which soil is to be found in your garden gives you a professional soil analysis. At the same time a nutrient analysis is carried out and thus the values of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur and other trace elements (such as iron, copper, zinc, etc.) are determined. And this is how it is done:
Especially the winter is ideal for a so-called soil sample. For this you have to take a little earth at different places from the individual garden beds. It is ideal if you even excavate different soil depths and mix them together. The soil samples can then be submitted to the responsible agricultural office and analyzed. However, you should first of all inform yourself about the costs and, best of all, let us explain exactly where you have to remove and how much earth you have to deliver.
➤ Step 3 - Determine pH:
If you have had a professional soil analysis carried out, then the pH value of your garden soil will be called automatically. If you have determined the soil type yourself, then you have to determine the pH yourself. This is important because not every plant thrives on any soil. One requires an acid soil for a good thriving and another does not. The rule is that most plants with an acidity (ie pH value) from 5.5 to 7.0 quite well. But there are exceptions, so you should prefer to determine the pH.
As a rule, garden soils are classified according to the pH value as follows:
- pH below 4.5 = acid soil
- pH of 5.5 = sandy soil
- pH between 6.5 and 7 = normal soil
- pH above 7.2 = alkaline soil
To determine this value, it is best to buy a pH soil test set. We recommend you e.g. The NEUDORFF PH Floor Test Set (available at low prices). Here you just have to:
- put some soil in the tubes provided
- Fill tubes with water
- add a tablet
- Compare the color with the information on the kit and determine the pH