I can dig in one spot of our yard and the soil is pretty good but move ten feet to the left or right and the soil can turn into such dense clay it’s hard to get the shovel into it. So it can vary from place to place in our own yard.
My previous understanding was that I would have to collect sample of the soil in our yard, mark down where I got them, and then send the sample away to be tested.
I put in a lot of work amending our gardens so the dense clay would drain faster than a couple of days. I did this by adding peat moss and compost each year since I started home gardening.
Bought A Garden Soil PH Balance Tester
The soil pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity in soils. pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base 10) of the activity of hydronium ions (H+ or, more precisely, H3O+
aq) in a solution. It ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH below 7 is acidic and above 7 is basic. Soil pH is considered a master variable in soils as it controls many chemical processes that take place. It specifically affects plant nutrient availability by controlling the chemical forms of the nutrient. The optimum pH range for most plants is between 5.5 and 7.0, however many plants have adapted to thrive at pH values outside this range. Wiki – Soil pH
Get Down To Where The Roots Live
After reading and watching a few videos I know that it’s important to remove the top few inches of soil and debris to get to where the roots live as that’s where they will get their nutrition.