Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Soil Sampling

As we fine tune our agronomic program for the golf course, we need to know what type of fertilizer we are going to apply.  We could guess, but that can get very expensive, especially when we order by the ton.  How we decide what fertilizer we are going to use is by having a soil test done.

Taking a soil sample on the 5th fairway.
A soil test is a very useful tool for every golf course superintendent.  Without getting into soil chemistry and physics, a soil might have an abundance of nutrients but not be in a form that is available to the plant.  By having the soil analyzed, we are able to determine what nutrients and how much we need to apply to the course.  Once we know this, we can order a custom fertilizer that has exactly what we need and nothing we do not.