By: Sade Sturdivant
what is soil testing?
why should a home owner preform soil testing?
where do you sed your soil sample?
Send sample to 4300 Reedy Creek Road,Raleigh,NC
How long does it takes?
what do i do with unusual spots in my yard?
Avoid unusual spots, like a wet area, and try to obtain a representative sample
steps to preforming soil sampling:
Take a soil sample a few months before starting any new landscaping.
Take a soil core to the appropriate depth.
Place all the subsamples for one unique area in a plastic bucket and mix thoroughly. Use the mixture in the bucket to fill a soil sample box about two-thirds full. Look for the fill line on the box.
Get your sample boxes and information sheets from Cooperative Extension offices, agribusinesses, regional agronomists, or the Agronomic Division laboratory. Use permanent ink or pencil to fill out forms and label boxes.
Put the soil mixture in the sample box. Do not tape the box or put soil in a plastic bag. If you are sending several sample boxes through the mail, pack them carefully in a sturdy container. Do not send samples in a manilla envelope. Mail samples to the Agronomic Division laboratory at the address on the back of this publication.
what do you get from a soil sample?
- Encourages plant growth by providing the best lime and fertilizer recommendations.
- Diagnoses whether there is too little or too much of a nutrient.
- Promotes environmental quality.
- Saves money that might otherwise be spent on unneeded lime and fertilizer.
- Soil sampling analysis is a free service for any grower in North Carolina.