Maintain Healthy Soil
Healthy soil is an investment in your landscape! Did you know that by simply improving your soil, you can beautify your garden, cut your water bill, improve water quality in our streams and even reduce your work? Growing healthy soil – and a healthy garden – is the single most important thing you can do for your garden.
Good plant growth usually requires the addition of lime and fertilizer but adding too much can have repercussions. Soil testing is the best way to find out how much to apply. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers soil testing and information for both commercial growers and homeowners. Soil samples are usually analyzed within about a week, but may take longer from late fall through early spring due to heavy loads from farmers at this time. Results of the tests are posted on an online system.
For forms, instructions on sampling your soil and test results go to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services