Compost is an excellent, inexpensive way to increase the productivity and workability of soil It reduces and recycles yard waste and produces excellent soil.
Regular testing helps develop and maintain more productive soils for farming, gardening, and landscaping. Soil tests indicate whether plant nutrients are deficient and, if so, what amounts are needed for optimum growth. Soil testing is also a useful diagnostic tool to identify problems related to excessive levels of nutrients and salts, high pH, low organic matter, and poor drainage. When properly interpreted, soil tests increase profits in agricultural production systems and promote more favorable conditions for productive and esthetically pleasing gardens and landscapes.
Keeping plants healthy and productive starts with the soil. A good garden soil should be deep, workable, fertile, and contain some organic matter. Most native soils in the intermountain area will need to be amended and improved to become as productive as possible.