Fauquier/Rappahannock County
 Master Gardeners

Soil Testing

Why should I test my soil?
A soil test can provide vital information on the proper amount of lime and fertilizer to apply to your lawn, garden and other areas of your landscape. When gardeners apply only as much lime and fertilizer as is necessary and at the appropriate time, nutrient runoff into surface or ground water is minimized, money is saved and plant health is optimized. Soil testing can also be used to diagnose common nutrient deficiencies or toxicities for plants that are growing poorly.
 
Where to get a soil test kit?
Soil test kits are available at the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Office, 24 Pelham St, Warrenton. Kits are also available Saturdays at the Farmer's Market in Warrenton at the Master Gardener Booth. Both instructions and a soil collecting box are included in the kit. The Master Gardener Help Desk can assist you with interpreting the test results.

How do I interpret the soil test results?
Now that you have the results of your soil test you might want to check out a helpful article from Virginia Tech Cooperation Extension.  This short article will help demystify your soil report.
The article can be found at this link:
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/452/452-701/452-701_pdf.pdf