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Soil samples are very important for small plots or large pots; before planting and applying fertilizer be sure to collect soil from your planting plot/ lawn for analysis.  Take samples within the top 6 inches of soil – the images above give some direction as to how many and where to collect in a plot.  You really only need about a quart-sized bag of soil to send off for analysis.  However, this may vary depending on the size of the plot.  Consider completing a soil sample analysis about every 3 – 5 years.  This will allow you to amend the soil properly so that plants can use available nutrients properly.   If the pH is off, then plants cannot use the available nutrients.

Where can I find additional information?

Visit the Al Extension Systems office at 504 1st Ave, Clanton, AL 35045
Hours: Open 9:00 am Closes 4:30 pm
Phone: (205) 280-6268

Also visit the link below for more inforamtion:
https://ssl.acesag.auburn.edu/anr/soillab/forms/documents/ANR-2307.pdf

Blog ResourceGardeners Corner By Marlon Harton

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