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Using Soil Testing as a Landscape Management Tool
January 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$18
How much fertilizer should I add? Do I need to add some compost? Why are the leaves of my plants burnt?
For all components of your landscape (veggie garden, tree and shrub areas, lawn, and perennial ornamental garden areas) a soil test is the best way to check the growing potential of your soil. It will guide you in determining which nutrients are deficient, and sometimes more importantly, which nutrient levels are excessive. The soil test will also tell you whether your soil’s organic matter content is sufficient to support healthy plant growth; whether your soil is too salty; or whether your soil’s pH is acceptable for the plants you want to grow. Come learn how to interpret a soil test report and how to use the data for making management decisions that promote the health of your landscape plants.
Presented by Dr. Jean Reeder:
Dr. Reeder is a self-described “soils geek”. She worked 30 years for the USDA Agricultural Research Service as a soil scientist conducting research studies on the properties of rangeland and disturbed-land ecosystems in Colorado and Wyoming. Since retiring, she works as a consultant for the CSU Soil Testing Lab and as a soils instructor for the Colorado Master Gardener Program and the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Rocky Mountain Gardening certification program. Her passion these days is helping gardeners understand as much about their soil as they do about their plants, and how to manage soil health to achieve healthy landscapes.
Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Originally published on December 11th, 2017.