Now Is a Great Time to Submit Soil Samples

Posted On March 28, 2024— Written By and last updated by
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Now is a great time to submit soil samples

Soil Sample boxes on a black cart

The weather is warming up, and gardening and lawn activities will soon be in full swing. These activities may include testing soil samples for agronomic recommendations for many growers and homeowners. Testing the soil if it has not been tested in the last 2-3 years is a good idea. Also, testing is appropriate when starting a new garden or lawn, planning to purchase topsoil, or determining if significant amounts of compost have been added. There are no state laws on topsoil quality, so it is best to test topsoil before purchasing—the current turnaround time to receive a soil report is only two weeks from sample submission.

Peak-season soil testing fees expire April 1, and homeowners and community gardeners are encouraged to collect their samples to be ready to submit them after that date. The NCDA&CS Agronomic Services continues implementing improvements to serve growers and homeowners better. Upgrades to the website and the customer portal known as PALS, which accesses laboratory services, have helped it to be much more user-friendly with step-by-step instructions and pictorials.