Spring is a good time for a soil test, but this vital tree and plant health care step can be done at any time of the year. Improving soil nutrition levels affects growth at all stages of tree and plant life, from new sprouts to old foliage. Consider how the following common soil issues could impact the health of your entire landscape, as well as how soil improvements and treatments can help.


This problem occurs in almost any type of soil, but negative effects arise quicker in heavier soils. When soil pores decrease in size or quantity due to external pressure (such as from foot, vehicle or equipment traffic) the flow of water and nutrients also decreases and the overall health of your soil suffers. A soil test should help you gauge the level of compaction you’re dealing with and allow your local tree service company to offer specific treatment.

Over Mulching

Besides the immediate problems with applying too much mulch or applying the wrong type of mulch, over mulching may also alter the nutrient levels in your soil. As certain types of mulch decompose, especially those that may contain fresh grass clippings, soil nutrient levels may quickly change for the worse. This is where a soil test presents the only wise option, allowing you to detect invisible problems that you may end up perpetuating over and over with each mulch application.

Plain Old Time

The inevitable passage of time remains one of the quietest, sneakiest problems with soil nutrient levels and tree and plant health care. As season after season passes, de-icing chemicals, decomposing mulches and plenty of other things seep into the soil and alter the nutrients. Depletion also happens naturally with time, and in many cases only a treatment plan recommended by a tree service professional for your specific issues will turn things around.

In the hands of a skilled arborist or tree service company, each of these common problems can be reversed with the information gathered in a simple soil test. Find out how you can make your trees and plants much healthier by treating the soil nutrient levels specifically.