How to Properly Perform a Soil Test in 5 Steps

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In order for your soil to stay healthy, proper tests must be performed. These tests check for a number of factors like pH level, texture, composition, drainage, acidity and material density. Once you learn your soil’s conditions, you now know what needs to be done to make it a suitable environment for plants to grow in. This will, in turn, prevent disappointing results, saving you from a whole lot of trouble and heartache. Take a look at our steps below for running a soil test.

Supplies

– Trowel
– Bucket
(Be careful that neither is rusty or made of galvanized metal since that could have an effect on your results.)

What To Do

1. Taking from the soil’s surface, rake up some mulch and leaf litter. Then, dig out a block of soil anywhere from 6 to 8 inches deep and set it aside.

2. Remove a half-inch piece of soil from the hole and place it into your bucket.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 at least six times throughout different areas in your garden. This helps ensure that the soil samples are fully representative of what you’re working with.

4. Using your trowel, mix the soil together thoroughly.

5. Place the mixed soil into your plastic bag. Then, fill out the correct paperwork and ship off your sample to the lab.

We recommend sending your soil sample to a lab as close to your home as possible; those technicians know exactly what your soil must contain to work best for your climate. 

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