Sample Submission


Soil Sampling Instructions


  • Using a soil probe, spade, or trowel, and a clean plastic pail, sample in a zigzag fashion throughout a uniform area.
  • Take a representative sampling of the soil in the area you are testing, 15-20 subsamples.
  • Sampling depths are as follows:
    • Field Soils - 8 inches
    • Garden Soils - 6 to 8 inches
    • Lawn - 3 inches below turf
  • Combine all samples into the plastic pail and mix thoroughly. Fill a soil sample box with the sample, or package about a pint of soil.
  • Fill out an information form and send it in with the soil sample to the soil testing lab.


Additional Information:

Please see "Sampling Soils for Fertilizer and Lime Recommendations" by Darryl D.Warncke, available at your county MSU Extension office.