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Now is a great time to submit soil samples

Now is a great time to submit soil samples

Experts are using the spring weather to remind people to test their soil if that has not been done in the last two to three years.

Testing is also appropriate when starting a new garden or lawn, planning to purchase topsoil, or 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.

Peak-season soil testing fees are set to expire April 1, and homeowners and community gardeners are encouraged to collect their samples now to be ready to submit them after that date. 

Anyone interested in soil testing can visit ncagr.gov/divisions/agronomic-services/soil-testing/homeowners uniquely designed for them. 

Information for online soil submissions and accessing reports is found at apps.ncagr.gov. A link on the Agronomic Services homepage for PALS is provided. 

A full list of lab services can be found by visiting the division’s website at ncagr.gov/divisions/agronomic-services. Contact the Agronomic Services Division at 919.664.1600 with any questions.

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