About Our Programs

Soil Testing

The unique Timberleaf Soil Testing program considers the whole-plant environment by testing soil elements and closely examining cultivation practices. This enables us to help our clients obtain maximum soil fertility, regardless of the soil type or geographic location.

The Basic Soil Test includes analysis of 18 different areas of your soil, including cultivation practices, while addressing other factors affecting plant growth such as organic matter, soil oxygen, and soil moisture.

Trace mineral testing includes most of the essential micro-nutrients (trace minerals) affecting plant growth.  It is not uncommon for most soils to be deficient in one or more of those micro-nutrients, such as boron, iron, or zinc.  Trace mineral deficiencies can restrict the availability to plants of certain major nutrients, even when a sufficient supply of those nutrients is present in the soil.  A trace mineral test is recommended annually for commercial growers, and every one to three years for home growers. 

Each of our clients receives a comprehensive Soil Test Summary Report, along with a Nitrogen and Phosphorous Report, which includes individual recommendations tailored to the crops and plants identified on the Soil Sample Information Form. 

We also include our publication,Timberleaf Soil Testing – Supplemental Guide to Soil Management.  This guide helps our clients better understand the information in their soil test reports, plus it gives a wealth of easy-to-understand information on soil management.  It also includes a section covering some of the topics generating the most questions from our clients such as tillage, soil drainage, and soil nutrients for fruit trees.

Additional testing is also available for individual needs.  Our List of Services provides more details on these optional tests. 

Plant Tissue Analysis

One of our more popular optional services is Plant Tissue Analysis.  When used in combination with soil testing, it is an excellent way to develop an overall soil management program while also monitoring plant health.  Soil testing measures the nutrient status of the soil, and plant tissue analysis reveals how well crops are recovering these nutrients from the soil. 

Plant tissue analysis verifies “hidden hunger” and visual deficiency symptoms and pinpoints which nutrients plants need.  We recommend soil testing prior to plant tissue analysis.  However, plant tissue analysis, if done early, will allow a corrective fertilizer application in the same season.  It can also be done any time a specific plant-growth problem is suspected.

We often hear success stories from our clients about significantly increased yields of quality produce.  Many are home gardeners and small farmers and they’re scattered all over the country.  Regardless of their geographic location, they have one thing in common – results. 

We welcome the opportunity to help you achieve those results too.