Soil Sampling

By: Jared Taylor

Soil Testing's Purpose

The purpose of soil testing is to determine the nutrients in the soil. These include lime, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium

What kind of information will I get from soil testing?

The information given by soil samples includes nutrient deficiencies, as well as contamination levels or insects/diseases present

The steps for taking a soil sample OR Watch the following video

  1. Retrieve soil sample materials and information from a local soil agency
  2. Make sure all tools and containers are clean
  3. Take one whole sample from several areas
  4. Take 10 to 15 small samples from the whole area
  5. Take core of slices nearly 4" deep for lawns or 6" deep for fields
  6. Mix all portions together in a clean bucket and take a pint-sized sample to represent the whole area
  7. Fill out all information
  8. Draw a map of the sample areas and record sample numbers
  9. Include information sheet with samples and mail/carry to testing laboratory
how to collect a soil sample for analysis

What if I have an unusual spot in my yard?

Avoid unusual areas when sampling or make sure the unusual area is tested separately

Where do I send a soil test?

Either mail the samples or carry to a local testing laboratory

What is the cost?

Some laboratories may have a fee, but you can send the box and information to Agronomic Division Soil Test Lab in Raleigh for FREE

How long will the results take?

Depending on the amount of business, about 2 weeks