Soil Management and Conditioning

Creating Fertile Ground for a Healthy Landscape

Cultivating Soil Conditions From the Ground Up

While you can’t choose the organic makeup of the soil in your region, or the climate conditions that affect your soil, you can make improvements with good soil management. Your landscape soil is composed of minerals and organic matter that determine the level of plant-enhancing nutrients while also impacting the amount of water needed to make plants grow. Getting a soil analysis to identify existing nutrients in the soil, and the nutrients that need to be added for plants to thrive is the best first step in soil management.

At PRIDE Industries we begin every new landscape contract by collecting soil samples from different areas around the grounds to send to a lab for analysis. In addition to the soil analysis, we also check the water quality. We understand that knowledge of the landscape’s soil is necessary for the proper timing of fertilizer applications, and that water quality also plays a key role in ensuring green growth. Based on these analyses our professionals can customize a schedule of fertilization to enhance soil nutrients, improve water conservation and management, and ensure that the plants around your landscape thrive.

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Our LEED compliant services help clients reach achievements in location, planning, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, waste reduction, indoor environmental quality, and innovative strategies.

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As the second largest military base in the world, Fort Campbell spans 105,000 acres, including 6,217 acres of grounds and facilities that must be actively maintained.
PRIDE Industries manages all 6,217 acres, and does it with an inclusive workforce where 92% are people with disabilities.

Comprehensive Landscaping Services

Ranging from municipalities to multiple building complexes to small office parks, PRIDE Industries’ professional services are designed to provide complete landscape and grounds maintenance for a wide range of facilities. We take a proactive approach to managing customers’ parks, facilities, and streetscapes and work to prevent problems instead of only responding to issues as they occur. We are a company focused on quality and customer service–when customers reach out regarding any aspect of service, they can expect a response within an hour. We believe in quality that will exceed expectations and manage our customers’ landscapes to create a positive and memorable environment for all residents, employees and visitors.

We are certified by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and the Irrigation Association (IA) as well as holding licenses in construction and pesticide application.

Integrated Pest Management

We customize our integrated pest management services to meet your unique requirements.

Park and Open Space Management

From municipal community venues to office park landscapes, we do it all.

Sports Complex and Field Management

We’re experts at maintaining all kinds of turf, from soccer fields to baseball diamonds.

Total Landscape Maintenance Services

Our comprehensive services are customized to your specific needs.

Safe and Green Environmental Practices

We offer sustainable landscape maintenance for offices, HOA landscapes, and municipal parks.

Water Management and Irrigation

We’re experts at reducing water waste, saving you money, and conserving the environment.

Shrub and Tree Maintenance

Our growth control, trimming, and clearance services keep your environment safe and appealing.

Landscape Installations and Renovations

Whether you need a new tree or a landscape redesign, we have the expertise to easily update your outdoor environment.

We deliver business excellence with a positive social impact

Lower OSHA Incidence Rate vs. National Industry Standard

Our sterling safety record minimizes work interruptions and lowers related costs for our customers.

Soil Management and Conditioning Questions

Good soil will have a rich dark color, crumble easily, have a large number of organisms and a good pH balance. But before you start digging holes in your commercial landscape to see if you can spot whether your soil is healthy ask your landscape professional to conduct a soil analysis. This will give the best picture of the soil’s condition and how to plan possible interventions for soil improvement.

In the context of commercial landscaping soil management is part of the holistic approach to maintaining healthy and verdant grounds for all your plants. Managing the soil’s condition involves maintaining a healthy pH level that will allow trees, shrubs and flowers to thrive. Professional commercial landscape services can evaluate the soil through lab analysis, and if necessary, implement strategies to improve the soil’s quality and condition.

In commercial landscaping soil conservation will be part of any good soil management and conditioning plan. Managing your soil’s fertility and being eco-friendly in your landscaping approach will mean implementing conservation practices such as the prevention of overwatering that causes soil erosion and planting native plants where possible.

Sustainable soil management means no or limited, judicious and targeted use of fertilizers, even organic fertilizers. Sustainable methods use grass clippings, leaves and other organic “waste” to add nutrients to the soil. Other sustainable practices include good irrigation practices that prevent overwatering that causes soil erosion and the use and maintenance of mulch around plants.

In addition to being eco-friendly, keeping your soil sustainable in a commercial landscape will provide the benefits of continued healthy growth for your plants and shrubs. Soil sustainability means managing water use to prevent runoff and soil erosion–this has the added benefit of saving on costs. Judicious use of even organic fertilizers will also contribute to soil sustainability and will actually lead to a healthier soil that needs less fertilizer. Soil is a finite resource and it is vital to the planet for growing plants and food so the benefits of keeping it sustainable can’t be understated.

Soil aeration is a technique used to loosen up soil, often on lawns or frequently walked on areas. Commercial lawns and landscapes can be aerated by machine. Holes are punched in the turf and a plug of soil is pulled up. The holes created by aeration relieves the compacted soil and allows moisture, nutrients and organisms easier access. If fertilization is needed after aeration can be a good time to do it.

A soil analysis, conducted in a soil lab, will provide you with a breakdown of your commercial landscape’s soil characteristics. Information such as pH balance, mineral and nutrient content will give insights on how to best care for or improve your soil. For a complete picture soil samples should be taken from several areas around your landscape. A professional landscape maintenance company should be able to provide you with this analysis.

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