Fall through April is the best time to have your soil tested. This way you can amend the soil with nutrients and they will penetrate the soil more evenly.
Q – Why should I do a soil test?
A – To determine the pH, phosphorus and potassium levels in the soil. A soil test can save you money on your fertilizer budget and increase production in your garden and make for a greener lawn.
Q – When is the best time during the year to take a soil sample?
A – A soil sample can be taken at any time during the year, but is it best to do when the soil is moist during the spring and fall.
Q – How often should I take a soil sample?
A – Yards and gardens should be retested every four years to keep track of soil fertility changes.
Q – What depth should I go to get a sample?
A – For an established average home lawn or garden, the sample should be a representation of the top four to six inches. For newly established gardens, a six inch depth is required.
Q – How do I take a soil sample?
A – For a home lawn or garden area, collect samples from six to ten different areas, depending on the size of the area to be tested. Collect a small amount of the top four to six inches and place in a plastic bucket. When all the samples have been collected, break and mix it all together. Collect your 2 cup or pint sample from this mixture.
Q – How much soil do I need?
A – The sample which represents each field or home lawn/garden should be about a pint. (2 cups full works well)
Q – How many samples do I need?
A – You should test lawn and garden separately.
Q – How much does the test cost?
A – The cost of routine soil analysis is $30 when they are brought to the Greene County Extension Office. (actual cost may vary by county)
Q – How long will I have to wait for my results?
A – From the time a sample is sent to MU Soil Lab from our office, it will be seven to ten days before we receive the analysis and mail you the recommendations.