Guide to Using Previous Soil Tests and Planting Summer Bulbs

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services lab has scaled back its testing to a few core services, in response to COVID-19. But, there is good news for homeowners.

If you have soil tested within the last 3 years, you can still use the recommendations from these past reports. You can find your previous soil test reports at the Agronomic Services website, PALS, where you will enter your last name in the search tool.

If lime was applied based on a report, it is unlikely that additional lime is needed for the upcoming growing season. Routine application of lime is never advised since soil pH may be raised too high. -David Hardy, NCDA&CS

If you have questions about an old report or need further advice, please feel free to contact the lab at 919-733-2655.

Now that we are halfway into the month of April, you can start setting out your perennials and bulbs.

Your perennial plants can be planted now or in May. You want to get them established before summer heat sets in. You can also prepare your planting sites with compost or pine bark. This will provide better drainage for your plants, and that is one of the keys to long-lasting plants.

Summer bulbs can also be set out at this time. These include; Dahlias, Canna, Gladiolus, Elephant Ears, and Caladium.


Garden Dahlia

For more information or questions on these topics, visit the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center website or call us at 828.757.1290.