Your lawn is in bad shape?
Your plants lack vigor?
Do you plan on building a vegetable garden or a flowerbed?
You need a soil analysis !
Your Passion Jardins merchant is able to have your soil analyzed at a very affordable price. A soil analysis will allow you to identify your soil’s deficiencies and will indicate the good products to add to it so that it regains all of its fertility!
Here are some tips for taking your soil sample for it to be as representative as possible:
Understanding your soil
It is important to understand that your sample must be representative of the soil composition for which you are requesting analysis. Is it for a garden, the front or the back of your home (or both), a flowerbed, trees, a hedge, etc.?? The needs of the soil can differ according to the use that one makes of it. An intensively cultivated garden will need more fertilizer than a flowerbed whose flowers are small and slow growing. It is up to you to evaluate if more than one sample is required.
The surface of your land is very important. We will suggest the required improvements based on the soil size corresponding to the sample analyzed. This will save you from having to calculate the amount of nutrients to incorporate into your soil. Surface measurements can be expressed in feet or meters, depending on your convenience. You will also have the choice to use natural or conventional products (or both).
Taking a sample of your soil
Where to take it?
For each type of soil, samples should be taken everywhere on the target surface to create an average of the soil composition. Here is a table showing the method of sampling according to the type of use.
|Lawn||Every 500 pi2 (45 m2)|
|Garden||Every 100 pi2 (9 m2)|
|Flowerbed||Every 100 pi2 (9 m2)|
|Hedge||Every 100 pi2 (9 m2)|
|Tree||Four (4) samples about 3 or 4 feet from the trunk (1m)|
How to take your samples?
We suggest you put on gloves when sampling so as not to distort the results.
• Dig with a trowel or small shovel (about 4-6 inches deep) and collect the bottom soil.
• Put the soil in a clean pail.
• Repeat the above steps for each required sample depending on the surface of the land to be analyzed (see chart).
• Once all the parcels of soil are mixed in the pail (for the same type of soil use), take your sample and place it in a Ziploc bag (sandwich format at least). This is the sample that will be brought to your Passion Jardins garden center.
When should you take your samples?
Samples can be taken throughout the active growth period. Ideally, 2 weeks after the snow is melted in the spring until the first fall snow.
Avoid what could skew your results.
• Do not take a sample immediately after the application of a fertilizer, manure or lime; you have to wait at least 2-3 weeks in this case.
• Use clean tools (Avoid rust)
• Do not sample before the snow has melted; wait 2 weeks from the last trace of snow before taking a sample
• It must be considered that a single sample for all your land could distort the interpretation of the results (gardens vs lawn for example) because the soil composition is not identical everywhere.