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All About Soil: Part 4

June 2018 by Dr Mariette ven den Berg, BAppSc (Hons), PhD (Equine Nutrition), RAnNutr, Certified Equine Permaculture Design Consultant, MB Equine Services,

In this exclusive Equine Permaculture series, we have been ‘digging deeper into soils’ and explored what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web. 

In Part Three (see Horses and People April 2018 issue), we described soil sampling and started to investigate some important parameters of soil health using DIY techniques. In this Part Four, we will continue with soil laboratory tests and how to interpret these results. 

You can use soil tests as a diagnostic tool or to identify trends through time, which can help you in your decision-making process on how to improve your soils and, ultimately, enhance your pasture health.