Fall Soil Test Drive

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Oct. 1 – Nov. 27, 2017

Drop off box

After-hours soil test drop off box, located by the west end entrance of the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center.

Are you disappointed in your garden’s performance? Does your lawn lack vigor? Do your landscape plants appear pale or yellow? Soil testing can help you get to the root of the problem.

In North Carolina, soil testing is provided by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’s Agronomic Services division. Samples submitted between April 1 and November 30 are processed at no charge, while samples submitted during the December 1 – March 30 peak season cost $4 per box. Learn more about soil testing in NC.

Between October 1 and November 27, Chatham County residents can pick up soil test supplies and drop off completed samples at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Chatham County Center, located in the west end of the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, 1192 US 64 W Business, Pittsboro. Click here for directions.

Samples can be dropped off during office hours, Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or after hours by placing them in the Soil Test Drop Off Box located by the west end.

All samples submitted during the drive will be delivered to the soil test lab in Raleigh and individuals can expect to receive their results by email 2-3 weeks after delivery. Two delivery dates are scheduled:

  • Samples dropped off between Oct. 1 – Oct. 25 will be delivered on Oct. 27
  • Samples dropped off between Oct. 26 – Nov. 27 will be delivered on Nov. 30

Soil test supplies are also available from Chatham County Master Gardenersm volunteers at the Fearrington Farmers Market. Master Gardenersm volunteers attend the Fearrington Farmers Market the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., to answer garden questions and provide soil testing supplies. They will also accept completed samples during the soil test drive.

Completed samples may also be dropped off at:

The fall soil test drive is made possible by the Chatham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Support sustainable gardening outreach programs in Chatham County by participating in our fall bulb sale!
Learn more about the fall soil test drive.

Soil test results will not determine if there are diseases or herbicide residues in your soil, or if poor drainage, compaction, or other soil issues are causing plant problems. If you suspect these issues contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension center to speak to an Extension Master Gardenersm volunteer for advice.

In Chatham County, Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer your gardening questions Monday and Thursday afternoons, from 1:00 – 4:00. To contact a Chatham Master Gardener volunteer:

  • Call  919-545-2715
  • Email chathamemgv@gmail.com
  • Visit N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center, located in the west end of the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, 1192 US 64W Business, Pittsboro. Click here for directions
  • Visit Master Gardener volunteers at the Fearrington Farmers Market the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 4:00 – 6:00.

N.C. Cooperative Extension has an office in every county. Find your local N.C. Cooperative Extension County Center.