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Healthy soil is the foundation of successful gardening. The first step to cultivating healthy soil is having your soil tested. Collecting soil samples only takes a few minutes and has many benefits. It can help you save money in your lawn, garden and landscape, can result in healthier plants by telling you which nutrients are already in your soil and which you need to add, and can protect water quality by preventing unnecessary fertilizer applications. Checkout this page for more information on soil testing in Chatham County, and watch this video for additional sampling instructions.

The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has compiled a soil survey of in every county in the US. These documents provide detailed maps and descriptions of the soils in the county. A PDF of the Chatham County Soil Survey is available here or you can use the online interactive NRCS Web Soil Survey system.General Soil Map of Chatham County

Descriptions of the soil map units above can be found on page 7 of the Survey.

For more information on how to improve your existing soils, explore the Soils Chapter of the NC Extension Gardener Handbook. 

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Matt Jones, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMatt JonesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture Call Matt Email Matt N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Page Last Updated: 2 years ago
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