Many home gardens suffer from high soil acid levels. This is called a low soil pH and results in metals like aluminum and manganese becoming toxic to your garden plants. When this happens the fertilizer being applied can't be properly utilized by garden plants for growth and development. Plants often become stunted and can result in production loss or quality.
A simple soil test properly taken and processed can tell you when your garden soil has too much acid in it.
Soil analysis is available through the local UT Extension office at $8.25/sample. Samples are mailed to the lab in Nashville each Friday at noon.
Results are returned to you within a short time and will tell you how much lime to add to your soil should acid
levels be too high for the garden plants that you want to grow in the sampled area. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizer recommendations for your garden are also provided on your report.
Lime will work quicker if mixed into your garden soil but it can also be surface applied with good results. Agricultural lime is available in bags at most garden and farm supply stores. Don't delay and soil test today and lime if needed!
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