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Take the time to do a soil test before you purchase plants. It’s not difficult, time-consuming, or expensive—most hardware stores sell soil test kits for less than $15. In 15 minutes, you can find out if your soil tends to be acidic or alkaline and discover your soil's phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium levels. Once you know the makeup of your soil, you can choose plants that prefer either acidic or alkaline conditions, and if your soil is low in any nutritional elements, you can add amendments before you plant to give your new landscaping the best chance of success.
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