Post by Bob Mertens; Horticulture Program Specialist
Before installing plants, starting a garden or planting a lawn, it is important to obtain a soil test. Many problems can occur when plants are growing in soils with a pH to which they are not adapted. Some plants need low pH acidic soil while others will tolerate a wide range of pH. Very few plants grow well in alkaline soil with a high pH. The best solution to pH problems is to grow only plants that are adapted to your particular type of soil.
The UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County can test soil for pH and soluble salts. Learn more about testing available at our local office, or more extensive analyses available at the UF/IFAS Extension Soil Testing Laboratory in Gainesville, at https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota/how-do-i/get-soilirrigation-water-tested/