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Is there a specific tool for soil samples?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by DeepGreenLawn, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,372

    I just took a soil sample. Basically I used a bulb digger(?) to get the soil out. It went in a good 6" which if I remember right was the right depth, took multiple samples, mixed all the dirt together and then poured it in a tupperware container to take to the local extension office.

    Is there a better/easier way to do this? I don't think customers would like big holes all over their yard, this was in a bed so they probably never noticed.
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

  3. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    don't be afraid, put that shovel to the earth get a goood Smell of the hole and see whats going on in the ground, get a good large magnifying glass!!!
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    TG and some others I know carry a bushel or 2 of compost with them every day in the back of the truck or trailer, you never know what you are going to run into out there

    DGL, in your case you take a couple handfulls and fill the holes up, they will never been noticed

    The typical tool is about as big around as your thumb so it doesn't leave much of a hole
  5. Here is one that has several. http://www.gemplers.com/category.aspx?cat=soil-probes&s_kwcid=soil%20probe|976503025
  6. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,499

    lesco sells a core sampler
  7. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,372

    I thought I saw one the last time I was in there but was in a hurry so I couldn't get a closer look. I will stop by again next week.


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