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What can I tell by looking at—and touching—my soil?

Simple tests start the growing season right

May 15, 2017  –  Does my soil have enough organic matter? Does it have a lot of clay? Is it acidic? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) May 15 Soils Matter blog post explains simple tests you can do to know your soil better.

Making a soil ribbonThe blog gives details on these simple tests for evaluating your soil:

  • How to observe organic matter
  • Estimating the sand, clay, and silt composition of your soil
  • Measuring your soil’s pH level

“Most homes don’t have ‘perfect’ soil, and soil conditions can change from year to year,” says Nick Comerford, a soil scientist at the University of Florida. “Doing these tests before your gardening season, and amending your soil accordingly, can bring you healthier produce, lawns and yard plants.”

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The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

SSSA supports its members by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC, office. Founded in 1936, SSSA proudly celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit or follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter.