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.