To take soil

to run into the mire or water; hence, to take refuge or shelter.

See also: Soil

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But it's also very easy to take soil for granted or to abuse soils.
While negotiations were still underway between the owner of an inactive gasoline station and a buyer who planned to construct a residential building on the site, LBG engineers were asked by the owner to take soil samples to determine the extent of soil contamination on the property.
By waiting until June to take soil samples, most mineralization and leaching has probably occurred and time remains for sidedressing or applying N in irrigation water.