soil sampling

Asked April 12, 2019, 11:34 AM EDT

does screening a soil sample have any affect on the outcome of the test?

Arapahoe County Colorado

3 Responses

Pardon my ignorance. I'm not sure what you mean by "screening a soil sample?" Can you please explain this to me?

I run the soil through a screen to remove roots grass ect. leaving a very fine textured soil. will this affect the sample in any way?

I am only familiar with the soil tests done thru CSU, so my answer is based upon the test they complete.

The only part that will be affected is the reading for "organic matter." And you might want to know how much organic matter is in your soil. Plants prefer about 5% organic matter in their soil. More than that can be a problem. If there is less than that, you can add organic matter easily.

Let me know if you have any other questions.