Originally Posted by price2bc
I actually plan to do that this week, thank you. I did take several samples to my local nursery and they did some sort of quick soil test and came back within minutes telling me the lawn was "fine" and that I could put down some gypsum to loosen the dirt (I had told them it seemed very compacted). I now understand what they pry did was simply a quick PH test of the soil. I have located a local MSU-extension office that will do a comprehensive soil test for 25 dollars. This takes 3 weeks but I will do this anyways. Thank you for your input.
You are wise to make the investment and get a proper soil test done the first time. All the best.