Why your Trees Need a Soil Test | Cleveland Soil Test Company

cleveland tree company soil test

Tips and tricks from a Cleveland tree care company: When a tree seems to be having some health issues, homeowners often get out the hose to water it. Alternatively, some Cleveland homeowners lay down fertilizer or mulch in hopes that the tree will return to normal. But the reason for your tree’s declining health could actually be right under your feet… literally!

If the soil around a tree is low in nutrients, a tree has no other way of gathering enough energy to survive. Did you know that about 80% or plant problems are because of the soil? This is why it is so important to check your tree’s soil.

How will a soil test help?

A soil test measures available nutrients and the soil pH. By performing a soil test, you can know the exact nutrients that are lacking.  Secondly, a soil’s pH determines how well a tree can take in the nutrients available. If the pH is unbalanced, too low or too high, the tree will not be able to absorb the nutrients no matter how much you water or fertilize. Knowing these two pieces of information will help inform what kind of fertilizer is the perfect fit for your soil and tree’s needs.

Soil tests are easy to find at your local home improvement store or garden center and should cost no more than $10-$15. Once you have one, performing the soil test only takes 10 minutes.

To begin a soil test you will need the soil test, a trowel, and a bucket. Follow these steps to complete the test:

  • Pick a spot on your property and dig the trowel down into the soil about 6-10 inches
  • Take a small handful of soil from the 6-10 inches portion and add it to your bucket
  • Repeat 10 more times. Make sure to zigzag throughout your landscaping bed to get randomized samples
  • Mix all soil samples together in the bucket
  • Use 2 cups of the newly mixed soil to sample for the soil test

cleveland tree care company soil test

DIY or purchased soil kits are cheap and easy, but not always accurate. The best way to help your trees and get the most accurate results is by calling a professional. Cleveland tree service company, VanCuren has been providing assistance to the Cleveland area for years and would be happy to take a look at your tree, investigate your soil composition, and help you with other services you may need such as: tree trimming and tree removal.

Free Estimate
Our technicians are always happy to evaluate any residential, commercial, or utility tree care need in Northeast Ohio at absolutely no cost.

What People Are Saying

  • VanCuren Services has been our “go-to” clearing contractor since 2009, tackling both residential and commercial projects across Northeast Ohio.  Most notable project include ODOT Innerbelt Bridge, Cleveland Medical Mart and the NEORSD Superior Stones project.  Dave and his crews are experienced professionals and perform each project with safety as a top priority. I can recommend them with confidence.

    - Vic DiGeronimo, Jr.( Independence Excavating, Inc. Commercial Tree Removal (May 2017) )
  • The precision in which VanCuren took down the dead trees around our home was amazing! The only way we knew VanCuren was there is that the dead trees were gone!

    - Meghan( Gates Mills, Ohio Tree Removal May 2017 )
  • The attention to detail in clearing our property in preparation of building our new home was impeccable!

    - Matt( Gates Mills, Ohio Land Clearing May 2017 )
  • I had a lot of tree trimming done and removals and I barely noticed the crew was at our house. They did their work quickly without interfering and cleaned up very nicely.

    - Lurlie( Independence, Ohio Tree Trimming and removal May 2017 )
  • VanCuren came to my house after I left for work and when I came home, all of tree removals and trimming were completed and the yard perfectly cleaned up. Very professional company.

    - Paul( Bainbridge, Ohio Tree Removal April 2017 )