To obtain a sample from your lawn or garden, use a clean trowel to dig up a "plug" of soil that goes from the surface to about six inches in depth. A more representative sample is obtained if several "plugs" are taken and mixed together. It is best if soil can be obtained when it is fairly dry (if possible). Spread the soil sample on a newspaper to dry indoors for at least 24 hours, mix thoroughly and break up lumps, and place about one cup into a plastic bag. Label the bag with your name and address. If a plot has a problem area, it may be advisable to obtain a separate sample from this area.
Soil will be tested for pH, potassium content and phosphorous content. The pH is a measure of the acidity of the soil. Potassium and phosphorus are fertilizer nutrients needed by plants. Results will be mailed out in late April.
The Geneva Chemistry Society is accepting a donation of two dollars per sample to defray the costs of analysis. Any questions regarding soil testing should be directed to Kerry McMahon at 724-847-6722 or Melinda Stephens at 724-847-5235.
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