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Soil pH and Nutrient Deficiencies

scientific plant service soil pH and nutrient deficiencies

Test your soil today to discover any soil pH or nutrient deficiencies.

Any soil nutrient or pH deficiency becomes the weak link and prevents your lawn from growing to its healthiest potential. Having your soil tested by a reputable soil test laboratory is the best way to determine your soil’s pH and nutrient levels. Contact Scientific Plant Service today to learn more about the ways pH and nutrient deficiencies impact your lawn, and how they can be fixed. The following information can help you begin to understand the role that pH and nutrients play in the care of your lawn.

Soil pH

pH is a measure of the soil’s acidity level. Essential nutrients are most available, and turfgrass grows optimally at a pH of 6.5 to 6.9, which is slightly acidic. Dolomitic lime will raise your soil’s Magnesium level as well as pH. Test your soil at a reputable test laboratory to see detailed information about your soil’s pH levels.


Phosphorus is a vital macro-nutrient that promotes rooting and seedling development. 


Potassium is important since it positively affects drought tolerance, cold hardiness, and disease resistance. 


Calcium is required for cell division and is essential for cell membrane permeability. Calcium is also present in the middle lamella, acting as a glue to hold cell walls together. 


Magnesium is an essential constituent of chlorophyll, acts as a carrier of phosphorus, and activates plant enzymes for carbohydrate and phosphate metabolism. 


Sulfur is an essential nutrient for plant growth. It is a constituent of some of the amino acids and thereby becomes part of many plant proteins. It is also involved in activating certain enzymes. Soil sulfur levels have declined since the clean air act was enacted and reduced the sulfur levels in the air. 

If your yard is experiencing pH or nutrient deficiencies, it’s time to contact the professionals to discover the best solution for increasing the health of your soil.

Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare

Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.

We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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