Ensuring your land has top quality soil holds the key to producing high quality grass, ensuring it looks wonderful and performs efficiently.
Our cost effective soil analysis of your land’s nutrient levels and pH balance is usually the first thing we recommend. We call it our Grassland ‘MOT’.
Soil fertility affects grass growth and a soil analysis is vital to evaluate precisely how healthy the soil is. Soil samples are taken from different points in each field, mixed to get an overall picture of the soil, and then tested and analysed independently by expert agronomists. It is tested for both a wide range of micro and macro nutrient levels and pH balance:
- If nutrient levels are low, grass growth will be poor and the quality of the grass as a feed will be poor too, because it lacks the vital mineral elements that your animals require
- The grass will be less robust and less able to withstand the stresses associated with heat, cold and flooding – and livestock hooves etc
- Recommendations will be given to address any deficiencies and the correct balance of nutrients can be supplied and applied to promote strong future growth
pH Balance – its importance in grassland
For a quality grass sward, a correct pH (acidity/alkaline) level is arguably the most important aspect to get right
- Ideally, pH should be maintained at 6.2 – 6.5
- Lime (which controls pH) is removed by grazing, hay making and leaching from rain (please see the pH availability chart below)
- If pH is low, the soil will present as acidic, and the grass growth will be poor
- Signs of low pH are often poor grass growth and strong weed growth, particularly of weeds such as buttercup
pH chart – showing how pH affects nutrient availability:
Our Grassland ‘MOT will present you with the facts and a recommended action plan to bring your grassland up to its optimum condition.
Remember: healthy soil = healthy grass = fewer weeds