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Building a Garden: Down and Dirty Preparing Garden Soil

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It’s time to get down and dirty and uncover the dirty truth about garden soil.

May and June are all about planting here at JFK Lawn & Landscape, and as such, we’ll be focusing a lot of our blogs over the next month and a half on various planting and gardening tips, from preparation to planting to maintenance. We’re starting off today with the down and dirty basics — preparing garden soil to be a good home to all the beautiful plants that will be gracing your landscape before you know it.

Uncovering the Dirty Truth

Preparing garden soil is one of the most crucial parts of gardening and landscaping, but it’s also one of the most commonly overlook by the casual gardener. Luckily the expert staff at JFK are a few tiers above “casual gardener.” When it comes to healthy garden soil, it’s a matter of finding the right balance of nutrients, aeration, moisture, pH, and even living organisms. That’s right — soil is alive, full of bacteria and other living things to keep plants happy and healthy.

To determine soil health, there are tests that can be done to determine what’s present and what’s lacking. While aeration and moisture content are generally observable to the trained eye, testing for pH and essential elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium must be done with a chemical analysis. Different plants can require different living conditions, so it’s best to know what you want to plant before you even pick up a trowel. (Stay tuned to our blog in coming weeks for more on choosing the right plants for your yard!)

If you’re itching to get out there and get started on your garden this weekend, check out this Gardening Basics slideshow from Better Homes and Gardens with some more tips to get you started.

Help from Landscaping Experts

Of course, when you bring JFK Lawn & Landscaping on to tackle your landscaping project, preparing garden soil is just the first of many steps we’ll take to ensure that your property looks more gorgeous than you thought possible. Check out our residential and commercial landscape services page to learn more about what we can offer. Assessing soil health is just one piece of the puzzle.

Contact JFK Lawn & Landscaping Today!

jfk lawn & landscaping trucksFor over 12 years, Jason Kahler and his team at JFK Lawn & Landscaping have been providing outstanding landscaping service to homeowners and businesses throughout Howard County, and recently expanded to Montgomery County and Carroll County. Family owned and operated since 2004, JFK offers services including lawn maintenance, turf enhancement, general landscaping, gutter cleaning, and power washing, as well as snow removal services in the winter months. To learn more about what we do, check out ourAbout Us page or our FAQ section.

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