Soil Testing around Charlottesville, Virginia
There are several reasons to test your soil. One of the most common and important reasons is to insure that you have an acceptable drain field for a septic system if you are building a new home out in the country. Soils must “perc” or drain sufficiently and much depends upon their clay content. Soil engineers will take core samples or even dig with a backhoe to evaluate the soils. Other reasons are to test for PH and for nutrients to guide your selection of crops or the need for soil supplements. Soils are commonly acidic in this area and may need to be mended with lime on occasion. The county extension offices will provide good information and the county Health Departments usually have a soil engineer on staff.