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|How To Take A Soil
The soil test takes the guess work out of lime and fertilizer
applications. It is an excellent measure of soil
fertility. Soil testing is a very inexpensive way of maintaining
good plant health. The report supplies the necessary
information for environmental appropriate recommendations.
The soil sample must be representative of your lawn or garden
area, pasture, field crops, forages, etc. Here are some
tips on improving the accuracy of your soil tests:
- Samples can be taken with a soil probe, pipe, auger, spade
or hand trowel. (See diagram below)
- Remove the top debris, residue or turf thatch from the
- Sample gardens, trees, shrubs, flower beds, hay fields,
forages and field crops 6 - 8 inches deep. Sample 3 - 4 inches
deep for lawn and grass pasture fields.
- Randomly zigzag over the area collecting 10 - 15 cores or
slices in a clean plastic bucket.
- Do not include cores from any unusual locations such as
manure areas, old fence rows, fertilizer or lime spill areas,
- Each core or slice should be taken at the same depth and
volume at each site.
- Break up lumps and thoroughly mix the composite sample.
- Place 2 measuring cups of soil in the plastic bag.
- The soil can be sent either wet or dry.
- Be sure to label the bag with a sample description.
- Complete the Sample Information Sheet.
- Return the soil sample(s) to the above location.