Soil Analysis & Testing

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Recommended Soil Sampling Period

May & June – September & October

Sampling of Soil for Testing & Analysis

The part of the ground you have to analyze is one in which most plants draw will go for growth, ie a layer of soil between 10 and 20 cm deep, called topsoil.

Please have in a clean plastic bag (eg. Ziploc®) and a scoop (or trowel).

Take the so-called depth of small shovels, in different places of your land so that the soil sample is representative.

Of course, if a part of your garden is very sandy, clay and a net behind your garden, common sense command to carry out two separate analyzes!


  • Never mix the areas to be analyzed; eg 1 for the garden, 1 other for the flowerbed, and 1 other lawn;
  • Always wash the tool that will be used to collect soil samples;
  • Important: Do not touch samples with hands;
  • Remove the stones, weeds and other debris that can be mixed with the earth.
  • In principle, always handle samples with gloves;

How to Gather your Soil Samples

  • Using the tool, take 10 to 15 soil samples in the area: If lawn or flowerbed or vegetable garden
  • Insert the tool to the recommended depth, 10 cm (4 ”). Take a few tablespoons of land in each location;
  • Place the earth in a very clean plastic bucket or suitable container and avoid touching with the fingers;
  • When your 10-15 samples are taken for a zone, mix these samples;
  • Take about 1 cup of the mixture and transfer to a clean plastic bag (eg. Ziploc®)
  • Identify your sample or your samples if there is more analysis to be done.