Soil Sampling Instructions.
Here are the instructions for taking a soil sample. If you have a problem area then you can optionally take a sample from that area as well.
How to take the soil sample.
Sample the soil from at least 15 different locations if you can take more that is better for a representation of your soil. Then all of those samples are mixed together to create a composite sample.
Use a plastic cup or shovel to scoop it up.
Place all the samples into a bucket.
DO NOT use a container made of metal !
Take out 2 cups and put in zip lock baggie.
Seal it well.
Go to http://loganlabs.com/doc/submissionworksheet.pdf, download and print soil submission worksheet.
At bottom of form in the comments area write: Complete Plus Extras. (Co, Mo, Se, Si, EC, NH4, N03)
Make check to logan labs for $60.00. This covers a standard test plus extras and a saturated paste test. It is the best value for your money and gives us a good idea of stored vs available nutrients. If you like to know more about additional options on soil testing (biological, physical, and or chemical. Nitrogen, C/N, organic release of nitrogen are a few options.) Please contact us before sending in your sample.
Quick note on Nitrogen: Unless you ask for it or get the “Complete Plus Extras” package. The soil test does not include nitrogen.
Most soil nitrogen is locked up in organic matter, so determining the percentage of organic matter in your soil offers an idea of the amount of nitrogen potentially available. I say “potentially” because nitrogen becomes available as soil microbes chew away at organic matter; the amount that plants actually get waxes and wanes as weather conditions influence microbial growth. If your soil contains about 4 percent organic matter, you probably have an acceptable level of nitrogen. To add on Nitrogen testing, please indicate so in the comments field of the Logan Labs Report.
Comments: Nitrogen, c02. There are additional fees for testing nitrogen along with nuances related to nitrogen.
Please contact me if you have questions or want to go over additional options on soil testing and planning your soil testing budget accordingly.
Note: The first time you work with Logan Labs you have to pay upfront. Additional tests they will bill you after doing the test.
Mark the zip lock baggie with name of sample. Example: Soil Mix 1. In the comments field. Write the type of test. (Base Plus, Nitrogen, Solvita)
Mail Worksheet and soil sample to:
620 N. Main St.
Lakeview, OH 43331
For more details on the process with logan labs, please review this web page: http://www.loganlabs.com/get-started.html
When you get back the test result. Email it to us at Plant Brix. firstname.lastname@example.org
We will give you recommendations for amendments based on your soil test. The cost is $45.00 for the the base plus recommendation. If you already have a soil test and are ready to order, than click here to order a soil recommendation.