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Soil testing

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Indy Kyle, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 157

    Where do you find a good soil test kit and PH tester? I know Lowe's has them but they don't seem accurate enough.
  2. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

  3. SkyCaptain

    SkyCaptain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    Thanks for asking this, I was wondering myself, and thanks for the info.
  4. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 157

    cool, thanks.
  5. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    Soil test can only be accurately performed by a soil testing lab. $20 or $200 testers will not give you accurate soil analysis. The PH testers will get you close, if that's all you need, but you will not get nutrient levels or organic materials levels without a soil test lab analysis.

  6. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
    Posts: 157

    Do most of you guys just send it to a lab? How do I find out how to do that in Indiana?
  7. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    Your county extension agent should have test kits available, or Lesco is a good source and there are many labs throughout the country.

    Start here for some additional Indiana approved labs.

  8. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    Am I missing something. I don't see anything of real value other than the Ph level. The rest is for water it seems. I'll stick to the $20 Ferry Ellis Seed Co. Electronic tester before "buying a Playstation 3 just to watch Blueray".

    Besides, do you really run into lawns that need serious testing that often? I know we don't here in Ohio. As long as your between 3-6 on the Ph meter, you can assume all's well in the soil.

    For a full renovation project, I must suggest the old-fashioned approach in sending it to your DOA for testing. Their results are quite specific and you will not get the suggestions from an on-site testing kit.
  9. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    A soil test sent to a lab is much more reliable than a do it yourself kit. They cost about $15. In most cases lawns don't really need to be tested. They always need nitrogen, sometimes potassium, and rarely phosphorous.
  10. Organic a go go

    Organic a go go LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    What's growing in Ohio in soil with a pH of 3?

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