Soil Sampling

What is soil sampling?

Soil sampling is when someone takes soil samples and sends them to a state laboratory to determine the need for lime, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They can also determine chemical, insect, or disease presents.

Why should a homeowner perform soil testing?

A homeowner should perform soil testing because it will allow them to become aware of what they need to add to their garden In order to have a good growing season.

What information does a soil test give you?

It informs you of any deficiencies that may be present in your soil. It I mostly used to determine the need for lime, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

How do you correctly perform a soil test in your yard?

1. Get sample information sheets

2. Clean materials

3. Take a composite sample from uniform area

4. Take about 10 small cores from uniform area

5. Take cores about 4" deep for lawns and 6" deep for fields

6. Mix samples and take one pint

7. Record where samples are form in drawn map

8. Mail to appropriate laboratory

9. Avoid unusual areas unless you want it to be treated

10. Get appropriate mailing equipment then send samples to agronomist division soil test lab in Raleigh for a free soil test.

What do you do with unusual spots in your yard?

Try to avoid unusual spots in your yard unless you are looking to treat them.

Where do I send a test for analyzing?

You send the test to Agronomic Division Soil Test Lab in Raleigh

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to get your soil tested.

How long will it take for results?

It varies on how busy they are and where you do it. But to be safe you should send samples for spring planting in the fall and send samples for fall planting in the spring.