Get the Dirt on Your Soil – Soil Test This Fall!

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Yellowing of leaf tissue between the veins, known as interveinal chlorosis, can indicate a problem with soil pH or nutrient levels.

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.

Poor growth, discolored leaves, excessive shedding of older leaves, reduced flowering, and poor flavor in vegetables can be caused by nutrient deficiencies due to improper pH or lack of fertilization. If you have observed these symptoms on plants in your yard soil testing can help you determine if low nutrients or pH issues are the cause.

In North Carolina, soil testing is provided by the N.C. Department of Agriculture’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.

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Soil test boxes are available from any NC Cooperative Extension County Center.

Boxes, forms and instructions for soil testing are available from every N.C. Cooperative Extension Center, and there is a center in every county. Many county Extension centers will deliver completed samples to the soil test lab in Raleigh. Contact your local center to find out how to submit soil samples for testing.

Chatham County residents are encouraged to submit soil samples to the Chatham County Center during our fall soil test drive. Click here to learn more!

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Photo of Charlotte GlenCharlotte GlenState Coordinator, NC Extension Master Gardener Program (919) 515-1226 charlotte_glen@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Updated on Sep 29, 2017
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