It is important to know the conditions throughout your lawn and garden in order to plant correctly. Soil and compost thermometers make sure that your soil temperatures are at desirable levels to encourage maximum growth and microbial activity. The best time to study soil and sunlight conditions is before doing your spring or fall plantings. There are soil test kits that that can be used to measure pH (acidity), as well as Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potash. Different plants prefer specific levels of fertilizer, and the correct pH level is important so that these plants can optimize the usage of these nutrients that are put in the soil. With the correct knowledge of your garden, you can ensure that the right steps and correct plants are chosen to have a beautiful garden all year around!