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Anyone using a Microscope to Check Soil Microbes

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by michaelthomas1, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. michaelthomas1

    michaelthomas1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    I am doing apps with more compost and grains. Anyone in this forum using a microscope to check soil for customers? This is a great selling point for us, especially to see if soil is dead from lots of salt in soil. Where is a good place to get a scope and teaching how to use it. If we check the soil for customers every 2 years.
    Example; Lets say you took on a new customer. then check his soil for microbes to see if soil is dead. If soil is in bad shape from looking under the scope, then you could explain its going to take time to get the microbe herd
    in your "Pondersosa". A truthful selling point, a small fee to check his soil, and the greatest point "HE WILL GIVE TIME FOR RESULTS, REALIZING IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN OVER NIGHT"(Good customer and you in better relationship, you are working on the problem!

    What do you think? Explaining up front that it is going to take a time, but each app is greatly helping. If anyone is using this method ,please let me know the details for a scope and hands on training.

    Thanks Michael--Tenn. Dept. of Agriculture # 1628
     
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    Have you checked the microbe population on a synthetically fertilized turf's soil yet?
     
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,560

  4. Hi Michael;

    If you click on our banner above, you can navigate to the microscope page or click here to go directly there.

    I'm happy to help.
     
  5. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,116

    I say go for it, many that take organic seriously have scopes with them often in the field, makes sense to me, just don't make your customers look through them, you will put them to sleep in 20 seconds

    you should use it for your own diagnosis of the soil and save the customer, think higher level predators in your search
     

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