Department of Soil&Crop Sciences

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Take One Composite Sample From Your Yard Or More If You Have Problem Areas

Take a composite soil sample from many locations around the yard.
  • You need approximately one pint of soil for routine analysis.
  • Take a sample from 4 to 5 different spots around a section of lawn.
  • Use a spade or soil probe to take samples.
  • Remove soil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches below the surface.
  • Put the soil into a clean plastic bucket and repeat in another spot.