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If you are an Arkansas homeowner or landowner and your garden or lawn isn't looking
so great, maybe it's time to see how your soil is doing.
Soil testing can be done anytime, but the best time is in the fall or in the spring
before the lawn greens up.
We offer Arkansans free soil testing. If you are interested in soil testing and are out of state, check with your state's land grant university for a similar service.
To get started, first you need to take your own soil sample.
Check out the step by step video and read the instructions below.
Use the following procedure in collecting your soil sample:
1. Rake aside mulch or surface litter like leaves.
2. Take soil with a soil probe or shovel from at least 12 spots in each area to obtain
a representative sample. A zigzag sampling pattern is preferred. Fertilizer and lime
recommendations are no better than the sample taken.
3. Take samples in gardens, lawns, and around shrubs to a depth of about 4 inches
and for mature fruit trees at a depth of 12 inches.
4. Mix soil thoroughly from a sample area. Keep different areas separate. Discard
rocks, gravels and roots.
5. Allow the soil sample to air dry. Spread the sample on newspapers or large paper
bags for a couple of days. Do not heat the sample in an oven to speed drying.
6. Remove one pint for the laboratory sample and place in a clean container or zip
top bag. Label each sample with a name that you would recognize.
7. Bring sample(s) to your local County Extension office. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Need help? Contact Your County Office
For Arkansas Taxpayers, there is no fee for us to process and run your samples. Out
of State samples will be charged $10.00 per sample.
Download our guide on how to test your soil