Soil Sampling

Jessica Hoffman - April 19, 2016

What is soil testing?

Soil testing is the analysis of a soil sample to determine nutrient and contaminated content, composition, and other characteristics such as the acidity or pH level.

Why should a homeowner perform soil testing?

A homeowner should perform a soil test in order to improve their soil or so that they have an understanding of what their soil has in order to apply the right soil amendments.

What information does a soil test give you?

A soil test measures soil pH, humic matter and exchangeable acidity.

How do I correctly perform a soil test in my yard?

  1. Get a soil sample kit
  2. Clean tools
  3. Take one composite sample from each uniform area
  4. Take 10 to 15 small cores from the large uniform area
  5. Take core of slices about 4" deep for lawns
  6. Mix the cores together in a clean bucket
  7. Complete the sample information sheet

What do I do with unusual spots in my yard?

You should send that sample of separately so that it doesn't mix with the rest of the samples.

Where do I send a test for analyzing?

A laboratory in Raleigh.

How much does it cost?

The test cost $10 per sample.

How long will it take for the results?

It normally takes two weeks to get the soil sample back.