A soil test will let you know what type of soil you have and what needs to be added to the soil to make it productive. Soil can be acidic, alkaline, neutral, sandy, loamy, compacted, or filled with clay or silt. These are neither good nor bad as long as you grow the right plant in the right soil.
Success in the garden starts with the soil – the soil feeds the plants so the plant must be located in the right type of soil, plus the soil must be fertile, so the plants can thrive.
For example, tomatoes and azaleas thrive in acidic soil while clematis and honeysuckle thrive in alkaline soil. Very few plants will grow in heavy clay or sandy soils. But how will you know what type of soil you have? Use one of these simple soil tests to find out so your garden will be more productive.