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The Basics of Soil Vapor Testing

Many nutrients are essential for plant growth. A soil vapor test on your garden soil can tell you how many of these nutrients are present. A soil vapor audit report will typically indicate the soil's level of nutrients and its pH value. 

Soil Vapor Testing

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A soil vapor test report will give recommendations on what you should do to improve your soil, such as how much fertilizer or lime you should use. This information will allow you to customize the fertilizer or lime application for your particular plants and vegetables.

Recommend method for Soil vapor Sampling – You should collect at least 12 soil samples to prepare your soil sample for testing. Only soil samples from lawns should be taken down to 2 to 3 inches. Mix the soil samples thoroughly in a clean container or bucket. 

The test results will be affected if the container contains any pesticides or fertilizers residual. Before you prepare the sample for shipping to the laboratory for testing, let it dry. Each sample should contain at least 2 cups of soil. There are many soil analysis options available from extension agencies, so make sure you mark the items that interest you on their forms. They will often ask you what you plan to grow in the soil sample.

For best growth, plants, vegetables, and lawns need different amounts of nutrients. You should collect separate samples from each area. A soil sample should be taken every year. You can even search online for more information about soil vapor testing.