Soil Sampling

By: Taylor Guarracino

What is soil testing

In agriculture a soil test 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 home owner perform soil testing

When growers guess about the need for lime or fertilizers, too little or too much is likely to be applied. By using a soil test report, the grower does not need to guess.

What information does a soil test give you

A soil test is a process by which elements (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their "plant available" content within the sample.

how do I correctly perform a soil test in my yard

1. Select the right plants for your garden. A pH test, for example, shows the acidity / alkalinity of your soil. You can then pick plants that will survive and thrive in your soil conditions.
2. Remedy your soil problems. Determine what key elements are missing from your soil.
3. Monitor nutrients. Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are needed for plant growth, color and blooming.

what do I use for an unusual spot in my yard

avoid unusual areas

where do I send a test for analyzing

agronomic division soil test lab

how much does it cost


how long does it take to get results back

2 weeks