Soil Test

Last Updated: March 15, 2017

Definition - What does Soil Test mean?

A soil test refers to a series of tests that can be done in order to determine the fertility or pH value of a soil.

Some tests can be done by hand by simply feeling the soil in order to determine its composition, while more complex soil tests are done using a percolation test to see how fast water drains off the surface.

Chemical analysis testing can also be performed to determine the specific trace elements present in a soil.

MaximumYield explains Soil Test

Commercial soil testing is a common practice for gardeners who want to test their available soil for nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (N-P-K).

A pH test can also be performed in order to determine whether the soil is too acidic or alkaline.

Simple soil tests can be purchased at a garden center. The gardener simply gathers a small amount of soil in order to perform the test.

A soil test for trace elements can also be performed at home, while testing for the presence of specific toxins or pollutants is a more complex procedure and must be prepared by a professional lab technician.

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