Anywhere I can send my soil analysis for help determining amendments?

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  1. Bluelude1

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
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    I've had a number of areas soil tested by Waypoint and they seem to do a decent report, but a lot of their recommendations are pretty generic and when I call to talk to their "expert" they kind of seem annoyed that I am even asking the question.

    Is there somewhere I can send the soil analysis results that can help me put a game plan together to optimize the soil based on what's there?

    I can spend a lot of time researching target organic matter rates, pH and micro nutrients, but if it's reasonable I far prefer paying someone that really knows the subject.
     
  2. Andrew H

    Andrew H LawnSite Silver Member
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    Up here you can give it to Siteone / John Deere Landscape/ lesco and I’m pretty sure they send it to MSU, but try your local
    Site one
     
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    Bluelude1

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
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    Good to know
     
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
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    We use waypoint but I mean you are paying around $16 for a basic NPK and organic test. I don't think they want or can afford to spend time on the phone at those rates (and I like those rates).
     
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    Bluelude1

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
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    I didn't make the comment to suggest I wanted more for my $$$ from them. I simply acknowledged that I couldn't get the more detailed information I am interested in from them.
     
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  7. KUMA01

    KUMA01 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My biggest wholesale nursery sends it to va tech and it’s like $20
     
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  8. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
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    Good resource your local ag universityThumbs Up

    Also look into your local co op extension it goes by county
    They should be able to analyze your results and give recommendations for your local areaThumbs Up
    Probably can do tests too
     
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  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fee free to get your own soil test kit. They range from about $10 to $225 (the heavy duty analytic version).
    Of course you can also get pH papers which turn color according to the acidity--very inexpensive.

    You can be the only company in town that soil tests every lawn --do this in winter.
     
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  10. takervader

    takervader LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
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    Clemson, Auburn
     

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