Soil Testing

What is a soil test?

A soil test is a process by which elements (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, manganese, copper and zinc) are chemically removed from the soil and measured for their “plant available” content within the sample. The quantity of available nutrients in the sample determines the amount of fertilizer that is recommended. A soil test also measures soil pH, humic matter and exchangeable acidity. These analyses indicate whether lime is needed and, if so, how much to apply.


Soil Sampling for Home Lawns and Gardens Informational Brochure

      Lawn and Garden Soil Sample Form for submittals


NC Agricultural Services Soil Testing Information webpage

      How to ‘Find Your Soil Test’ direct link here

      ‘Understanding Your Soil Report’ here

Homeowners Guide to Fertilizer here.