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Don't Know What to Plant? Use Our Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility Tool!

Updated: May 6, 2023

Choosing the right vegetation for your garden or landscape can be a challenging task, especially if you want to ensure they thrive in your specific environment. To make the process easier and more efficient, I've developed The Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility tool that helps you find suitable plants, trees, and grasses based on your soil's unique properties and climate zone. In this post and video, we will explain how to use the tool and the benefits it offers for both novice and experienced gardeners.

[Video Walkthrough Below]

How the Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility Tool Works

Vegetation to soil compatibility tool - Plant for Biodiversity

Our excel-based tool takes into account several factors that influence plant growth, including climate zone, soil texture, pH level, primary and secondary nutrients. By inputting these variables, the tool generates a list of vegetation options that meet all the specified requirements, making it simple to find the perfect match for your soil and environment.

To use the tool, you will need to provide the following information:

  1. Climate zone: Select your climate zone based on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map or other relevant climate classification systems.

  2. Soil texture: Determine your soil's texture (e.g., sandy, loamy, clayey) using methods like the jar test or soil texture triangle.

  3. pH level: Measure your soil's pH using a pH test kit or soil pH meter.

  4. Primary nutrients: Test your soil for Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus levels using a soil test kit or by sending a sample to a professional lab.

  5. Secondary nutrients (optional): Choose whether to include or exclude secondary nutrients (Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur, and Iron) from the results. These nutrients can influence plant growth but are not as essential as primary nutrients.

Once you have inputted this information, the tool will generate a list of compatible vegetation options in rows 21 and below. This list will include plants that meet all the specified requirements, making it easy to find suitable options for your garden or landscape.

Benefits of Using the Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility Tool

While the tool is just starting out, the goal is to build this tool out to include a comprehensive list of all vegetation. I hope to continue to adapt this over time with input from users. The Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility tool offers several benefits, including:

  1. Saving time and effort: Instead of searching through countless resources and plant databases, the tool quickly generates a customized list of vegetation options that match your specific soil and climate conditions.

  2. Improving plant health and growth: By selecting plants that are well-suited to your soil and environment, you can enhance their health, growth, and overall performance.

  3. Reducing the need for soil amendments: Choosing compatible plants reduces the need for extensive soil amendments, making it more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

  4. Enhancing biodiversity: The tool helps you discover new and diverse plant options that you might not have considered before, contributing to increased biodiversity in your garden or landscape.

Video Walkthrough

Help Us Improve the Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility Tool: Share Your Feedback and Suggestions

Our Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility tool is designed to make it easy for gardeners and landscapers to find the perfect plant match for their soil and climate conditions. However, we understand that there is always room for improvement as this is only the first iteration. As we continue to refine and expand our tool, we are eager to receive feedback and suggestions from the community to make it even better.

Please connect with us here to provide general feedback, vegetation additions, and feature requests.


Disclaimer: Please note that the Vegetation-to-Soil Compatibility tool is intended for informational purposes only. We strongly recommend consulting a local expert or professional horticulturist for personalized recommendations tailored to your specific soil and environmental conditions.


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