Whether or not you should treat your soil to alter its composition and pH is a question that can’t usually be answered right away. The following methods, however, can shed some light on the matter and help you decide on what to do to enhance your soil in the long run:
- Test to see if you can actually grow anything you want on your soil. In some cases for good growth you will need soil treatment products to enrich the soil. Although this method is somewhat more time consuming, it will give you clear results, and you’ll be able to draw a conclusion based on the types of plants that grow and those that don’t grow there.
- Use a pH test to see whether your soil’s pH is adequate for the type of plant you want to grow. Keep in mind that some plants thrive in a pH that’s slightly off balance, so the value you get doesn’t have to be perfect for certain plants to be able to grow there.
- Check to see the symptoms of existing plants and lawn patches in the area. If you examine your soil closely and use a pH test, you can determine whether the same soil is applied in all areas of your yard. If that’s the case – as it usually is – the condition of the various plants, trees and grass types that are already growing around your house will give you a pretty good indication on whether or not the soil needs to be treated.