It is very important to sample the soil to determine the level of nutrients and even more importantly to determine the pH. Without the proper pH, boxwood are not able to absorb the nutrients, even if they are abundant in the ground. I have outlined the steps below in taking a sample and sending it to the VA Tech Extension service for analysis. The form that is required can be found at the link below. Be sure to include my name and address if you would like to confer with me about the results.

Go to: for the Form to send off to VA Tech. You will have to print the form and fill it out. For Second copy – put my name and address in as below in order that I can consult with you concerning the results.

Stephen Southall
3912 Faculty Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Go to: for detailed instructions on how to sample.

  • For each sample, use something like a Zip Lock Sandwich bag and take dirt from about 4 inches deep from 3 – 4 areas in the area to be tested. Put this baggie in a box with the enclosed form.

Be sure to include:

  • Name and address and my name and address
  • Your sample identification number if you are sending more than one sample. You have to have a separate sheet for each sample.
  • Plant code – 245 for boxwood – Non-acid loving plants
  • Under the section “soil tests desired”, check “routine”
  • The history of any lime applications


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