Soil Testing

Bucket of Soil Next to a SpadeGaston Natural Resources provides free soil testing boxes, forms, and information to citizens of Gaston County. Boxes and forms may be picked up at our office at 1303 Dallas Cherryville Highway and mailed to the address listed on the form. During peak season (December-March), a $4 fee will be charged per sample. Checks or online payments are preferred. Please visit the NC Division of Agronomic Services webpage for more information.

Directions for Taking a Soil Sample

  • Using a clean, steel sampling instrument, take 1/4 cup samples from a depth of 4 to 6 inches at 6 to 8 locations around your sampling area (for agricultural soil testing, a sample from 15 to 20 locations).
  • Place all samples in a clean plastic bucket and allow them to dry completely. Mix well.
  • Fill your sample box to the line with soil from your mixed bucket. Do not package in a ziplock bag.
  • Label boxes as needed.
  • Mail samples in a sturdy, cardboard box with forms and payment, if applicable.