Microbiological Soil Analysis - Holistic Turf Management

Microbiological soil analysis forms part of an holistic approach to the management of healthy turf.  A truely holistic management programme should mean that future turf management strategies are based upon the results of objective data, captured from a range of factors including:

  • Leaf tissue analysis (every 4 weeks, November - April)
  • Soil nutrient analysis (annually)
  • Microbiological soil analysis (spring and autumn)
  • Irrigation water analysis (bi-annually)

The primary reason for adopting a holistic approach to turfgrass management is to reduce the long-term reliance of the turf on synthetic products, whilst also establishing greater control of the inputs required to ensure that the specific needs of the turf are met (i.e. minimising waste and reducing the frequency of future fungicide applications).

A commitment to a holistic approach to turf management should be gradual, initially involving the  incorporation of supplimentary microbial products to an existing synthetic-based programme, whilst introducing analysis of key elements and indicators of turf and soil health. Over a period of time, the reliance on synthetic-based products should reduce in conjunction with elevated microbial activity within the soil. Enhancing the microbiological balance within the soil  (achieving an optimum ratio of 1:1 between active bacteria and active fungi) will  maximise the efficient uptake of nutrient and chemical inputs, and reduce wastage 

Services on offer:

  • Bespoke interpretation of Microbiological Soil Analysis
  • Assistance in producing an independent and individual holistic  Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) - based upon microbiological analysis
  • Production of an annual report that tracks the effectiveness and apraises the success of soil and turfgrass management programmes

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The SSDM Turf Clinic and Laboratory has established an alliance with the Soil Foodweb Institute of New Zealand. Providing interpretations on analysis carried out by the Soil Foodweb Institute, and together offering the client independent advice and recommendations relating to appropriate soil management regimes.