Insert shovel into lawn, push back a bit to reveal earth and grab a tablespoon from about 6" down. Repeat 12-15 times around lawn. Put all in bowl, shake shake shake. Let air dry on a paper towel, mix again, grab required amount put in baggie and send off to lab. Color fades fast! Lawn isn't as luscious as I want, bare spots here and there and they don't bounce back well. Yes New England soil is always acidic, par fro the course. I would like to bring that pH up if I could. I'm all ears on what "plan" you would suggest! I am doing CT 4x this year as I said earlier, other than that I haven't ordered any compost or fert to apply as of yet.