Testing garden soil: 9 steps to the perfect sample

Last updated: 21. September 2018

Here you will learn in 9 steps how you can take a sample of your garden soil and have it analysed by us.

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1. When to take a sample?

The examination is always possible, but the best time is between autumn and spring. First you should decide whether you need an overview analysis of the whole area or you want to have a specific area checked.

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2. Where to sample?

An analysis should be carried out for each type of use, i.e. 1 x lawn, 1 x vegetable bed,…

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3. How many samples?

Depending on the size of the area, 10 – 15 samples should be taken evenly distributed. The penetration depth depends on the type of use.

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4. Penetration depth

  • grass: 0 – 10 cm
  • vegetables 0 – 30 cm
  • Berry fruit: 0 – 30 cm
  • trees 0 – 30 cm and 30 – 60 cm
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5. What do I need?

  • 1 Spades
  • 1 clean bucket
  • 1 freezer bag 2,5l
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6. How to take the sample?

Puncture with the spade and move it back and forth until a gap is formed. Then remove a slice of approx. 2 cm with the spade in parallel and place it in the bucket with as little plant matter as possible. At greater depths, a hole must be dug beforehand.

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7. further handling of the sample

Repeat operation 6 10 – 15 times over the surface. Mix all samples well around the bucket and put approx. 500g into the freezer bag.

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8. Send sample

Pack the samples and the order letter from the shop into a package and send it to us:

my-lab International

Rudower Chaussee 29

12489 Berlin

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9. Get the result

We have the sample analyzed and generate an easy-to-understand report. The report will be emailed to you a few days after receipt of the sample