Soil Sample Pricing.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by White Gardens, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Trying to figure out a good overall price to throw at customers when they ask me how much it costs for me to take soil samples.

    I do realize that it mainly comes down to how many samples, type of analysis and time involved.

    So basically a ballpark. I'm thinking right now about 30 dollars a sample, with a minimum of two samples taken.

    Thanks.

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  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    what do you mean by "two samples"?
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't want to go to a site and only take one sample. So if only one sample is taken, then it would be higher to cover my fuel/time expense.

    Basically the more samples, the better the pricing due to volume.

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  4. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    they way i was taught in soils was to take 5 different samples for a typical lawn (up to 10,000 sq ft ish) about a cup each, mix into a bag and take a cup from that and place into the soil sample bag

    http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/Scans/2009 Lawn and Garden.pdf

    that might help

    i think they charge 7$ or so, depending on how far away the residence was or what they want me to test, id probably do around 30-40$ per test w/ an analysis explaining what everything on the test meant

    just me personally
     
  5. Kiril

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    The proper way to sample is to take between 10-20+ cores and mix those making a composite sample. The bigger the area, the more samples you should take. There are also other factors to consider when delineating areas that should be sampled independently. One site is almost never a single composite sample.

    So what you mean by a "sample" is important here, not only in pricing, but in getting meaningful results.
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very good points and thanks.

    I think I get hung up on the ag type soil sampling where you just mark spots on a map and then sample individual areas getting multiple readings across the entire area.

    Basically like using GPS to mark in a field to get the variances from one section to a next, but I need to realize it's a lawn, not a 160acre field and an average would give me better test results.

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  7. Kiril

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    Composite sampling is the norm in Ag. What you are referring to is gird sampling, which is still composite sampling within each grid unit. While there are good reasons to take and test discrete samples, it is generally too cost prohibitive, particularly in Ag. For your purposes, look to the sites hydrozones to define areas that will likely need independent testing.
     
  8. White Gardens

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    Gird. :confused::laugh:

    Generally when a customer request a soil sample, it's generally in specific areas that seem to not be performing as well as the rest of their lawn or garden, so I've always just taken one sample in those areas.

    I do this time around have a couple of customers this year that just want to know what's going on in their lawn, so I will definitively be doing a composite sample to have a good over-all average, with maybe a separation in certain sections.

    So thanks for pointing that out to me, and I'll be using this method soon. Thumbs Up

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  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    WG .... did you forget this thread?

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?p=3047922

     
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks, I did forget, or never re-checked the thread after I posted.

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