Time frame for soil testing

Asked August 6, 2020, 11:50 AM EDT

Is it better to test my garden soil in the fall or spring?

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

Hello! Thank you for using the Ask an Expert service.

Soil test nutrient levels tend to run a little higher in the spring than in the fall. It generally doesn’t make much difference in the recommendation. If a person is testing every three years as recommended, the important thing to do is to test at the same time of the year each time, to more accurately compare results.

Hope that helps!

Thanks, Irene