Test your soil this winter - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Test your soil this winter

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • WALB’s Most Wanted: Gerard Clark

    WALB's Most Wanted: Gerard Clark

    WALB's Most Wanted: Gerard Clark

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-08-01 16:12:16 GMT
    On this edition of WALB’s Most Wanted, Albany police are looking for a suspected armed robber. More >>
    On this edition of WALB’s Most Wanted, Albany police are looking for a suspected armed robber. More >>
  • Breaking

    LIVE: Salmonella outbreak trial coverage from Albany, GA

    LIVE: Salmonella outbreak trial coverage from Albany, GA

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-08-01 16:11:34 GMT
    The federal courthouse in Albany, GAThe federal courthouse in Albany, GA
    The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia began Thursday.More >>
    The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia began Thursday.More >>
  • Lanier deputies find 'Meth devices'

    Lanier deputies find 'Meth devices'

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 16:07:22 GMT
    Deputies of the Lanier County Sheriff's Office found a meth-making operation in Lakeland Thursday. 35 year old Benjamin Parrish, who lives in the mobile home, was already in jail, and officers found out he was also wanted in North Carolina. More >>
    Deputies of the Lanier County Sheriff's Office found a meth-making operation in Lakeland Thursday. 35 year old Benjamin Parrish, who lives in the mobile home, was already in jail, and officers found out he was also wanted in North Carolina. More >>
THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Whether you're a full-time grower or just a backyard gardener, Ag experts recommended you test your soil for nutrient and PH levels.

And now is the time to do it.

They recommend using a clean shovel or trowel to collect 8 to 10 samples of soil and mixing it in a plastic bucket to avoid metal contamination.

You can place the soil in a UGA soil sample bag found at your county extension office.

"This time of the year is a good time to sample because if your PH is low, it is recommended to apply lime. Lime needs a good few months to break down into the soil," said Thomas County Extension Agent Andrew Sawyer.

Your local extension office will send the samples to the testing lab in Athens.

Results should be back in a week to 10 days.

The cost is $6 a sample.

Copyright 2012

WALB. All rights reserved.