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question on soil testing

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Newby08, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. Newby08

    Newby08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 277

    Is there a way to test your soil to get the basics of what is in it without having to send it off? If not where is somewhere I can send it and how much does it cost per sample?
  2. duncan7455

    duncan7455 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    call your local extension agent they will have valuable information on this and probley a lot of your questions. They will have information that is correct for your region.
  3. tgnb

    tgnb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Around here, the county extension will send them off at no charge for homeowners. I've also used CLC Labs (in Ohio, I believe, but you can google them for sure). They charge around $10 or $15 with a 1-2 week turnaround. I charge that to the customer if they don't want to go to the county extension.
  4. Newby08

    Newby08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 277

    that sounds a lot more practical. I was asking someone else and they sent me to a site where it would have been a few hundred dollars to get tests done. I'm sure that would probably be more detailed but I just want a basic test to tell me what the soil needs. That went in to all the microbs living in the soil and what not.
  5. boats47

    boats47 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 244

    I use University of Mass for all my soil tests and they charge $12 per sample and it tells you everything you need to know.
  6. Newby08

    Newby08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 277

    great, that sounds a lot more practical

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