Soil Testing Kits Available

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Healthy soil is the foundation of successful gardening. The first step to cultivating healthy soil is having your soil tested.

Collecting soil samples only takes a few minutes and has many benefits. It can help you save money on your lawn, garden, and landscape, resulting in healthier plants by telling you which nutrients are already in your soil and which you need to add.

How to get a kit?

You can stop by the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Stokes County office and pick up your kit.

The kits include 2 items:

  • A form to include with your soil test boxes
  • The soil testing boxesSoil sample kit

What Does It Cost?

Samples submitted between April 1 and the end of November are analyzed free of charge. North Carolina is one of the few states to offer soil testing at no direct cost to its residents most of the year because of funding derived from a statewide commercial fertilizer. A peak season fee of $4 per sample is charged for each sample submitted between December 1 and March 31.

How Do I Submit Samples?

Completed samples should be mailed to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ soil testing lab in Raleigh, 1040 Mail Service Ctr. Raleigh, NC 27699-1040.

How Do I Get My Results?

When complete, your results will be sent to you by email (look for a message from AGRONOMIC LIMS) as well as posted online at PALS.

If you have questions about soil sampling or getting your free kit, contact Bryan Hartman, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at 336-593-8179 or bkhartman@ncat.edu.