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Getting your soil tested is a two step process:
Collect a soil sample
- A simple garden trowel can be used to collect the samples. It is imperative to use clean sampling tools. Pesticide or fertilizer residues will create misleading results. You will need to collect soil from the surface to a depth of 6 inches from about 12 different spots in the area of your yard/garden you want analyzed. Be sure to keep track of which part of your yard the sample came from! If you want your lawn tested, collect your 12 samples from about 2 to 3 inches from the surface (where most of the grass roots are).
- Take the 12 small samples and combine them in a clean bucket and mix them thoroughly. The sample must not be excessively wet before it goes to the lab. Put a minimum of 2 cups of this mixed soil in a plastic bag or ziploc bag and bring it to one of the four sites in Step 2, below.
Take your sample to one of the following places to have your sample packed and labeled in a Clemson Extension Soil Testing bag and sent to Clemson University for testing:
3. GSMGA Plant Problem Clinic Georgetown Farmers Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm
4. GSMGA Plant Problem Clinic Inlet Square Mall, Thursdays 10 am - 2 pm
5. GSMGA Plant Problem Clinic Surfside Farmers Market, Tuesdays 10am- 12pm
At the Extension office or Plant Clinic they will ask you to fill out the information on a soil test bag, fill out a record sheet (you can click on this link if you want to complete one ahead of time) and check the appropriate boxes for the analyses desired. The cost of a standard soil test is $6.00 per sample and the results will be mailed to you by Clemson about 1-2 weeks later. The results will contain very specific instructions about what you might need to add to your soil to adjust its pH or nutrient content.
For more information, please call the Georgetown or Horry County extension office.
To print out these easy directions for soil testing click here.