Now that we have our Bubble Diagram #2, we are ready to refine our drawings with what will and will not work. There are smaller processes that are involved with a concept plan before we can even identify what concepts we want to implement.
While in the early stages of making your concept plan, we recommend getting a soil sample from the property and sending it to the Virginia Tech Soil Testing Laboratory here: VA Tech Soil Testing Lab (or you can always pick up a soil testing kit at your local library).
The soil sample testing will indicate a variety of results, including our secondary Elements of Design, not to be confused with the Principles of Design:
- Drought Intolerance
- Insect & Disease Resistance
- Soil Adaptability
- Sun/Shade Tolerance
- Moisture Tolerance
See below for our soil results, which alerts us to the soil pH, buffer index, acidity and a variety of specific elements in the soil, including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Potassium that could potentially be harmful to newly introduced plants. For a more detailed explanation of the report, click here to read to breakdown that the laboratory provides with the results.