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How to take a soil sample


Steps to take a soil sample


  • With a shovel or a spade** dig a V-shaped hole to sample depth of 4-6 inches (excluding any thatch), then cut a thin slice off to the side.
  • Do this in 4 or 5 places in the section of the lawn to be tested.
  • Mix soil cores for each sample in a clean, plastic bucket. If the bucket has been used to hold fertilizer or other chemicals, wash it thoroughly before using it for soil samples.
  • Let the sample dry well before testing.  Place it in a ziplock bag or coffee can. Approximately one quart is recommended.
  • Make sure to use distilled water for testing.


** Tools should be either stainless steel or chrome-plated. Do not use brass, bronze, or galvanized tools because they will contaminate samples with copper and/or zinc.


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