Gardeners and farmers can do their own soil analysis.
Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure,...
Grow "green manure" to keep soil from eroding, weeds from exploding and to add nutrients.
By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.