Soil sampling and testing is a simple yet effective means of ensuring that soil can be treated correctly to ensure healthy grass growth.
Sampling involves taking a multiple small samples that represents the area/paddock in question. From this sample, several tests are carried out.
A pH test will determine the pH level of the soil. A pH level of 6.5 is perfect for horse pasture. If the pH is low, the grass may grow weakly and only provide partial or patchy grass growth. In the same respect a high pH soil may result in other problems such as causing some elements in the soil to become unavailable, which often means the grass has deficiency.
Applying lime will help to restore the correct pH.
As well as pH, there are 3 other main elements that once balanced correctly will support optimum grass growth.
Nitrogen provides encouragement for stem and leaf growth whilst phosphate and potash are responsible for root and grass health. If these elements are found to be out of balance it may be necessary to apply fertiliser.
If you have recently moved to a new property or would like to understand more about your grassland, having your soil sampled and analysed is a very good place to start. It can also be very useful if productivity seems to be diminishing year on year.
Results are usually returned by email within 10 working days. It’s then over to our agronomy partners who will recommend appropriate actions. We will cost up the actions and provide you with a price to undertake them.
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