Test Your Own Soil Sample
It’s important to evaluate and understand your soil’s nutrient levels. The best
way to learn about your soil’s nutrients is to take a soil sample. This activity
will walk you through how to sample your soil and send it in to be tested.
- Spade or coring device
- Measuring cup
- Resealable plastic bag
- Soil from your yard or planting site
- Collect a cup of soil from your production area. Each cup should be made of 15 small plugs of soil that range from 3 to 4 inches deep.
- Mix the 15 small samples together in a clean container. Then, remove any grass or debris from the soil mixture and allow the soil to dry.
- Place a cup of dry soil from your container in a resealable bag and complete the WVU Soil Testing Lab’s soil submission form. Mail the bag of soil and the completed form to the WVU Soil Testing Lab – the address is located on soil submission form.
- Once you receive your soil test results via email, contact your local WVU Extension Service office if you have any questions or need help interpreting your report.