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Is this the best place to have your soil tested??

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Bluelude1, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Bluelude1

    Bluelude1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I have quite a large property I maintain & was looking at having some samples tested at the Scotts Testing Lab. I want to make sure I have enough information to put together the most effective game plan possible, but I am a little confused about what I need to have tested, as well as how many different composite samples I would need for the size area I am dealing with?

    Is this a good place to get your soil tested & do they offer the main tests you would need ?

    These are the tests they offer:
    # Water Testing (I think this one is probably a must)
    # Growing Media Testing ( I believe this is for potting soil so I probably do need it)
    # Mineral Soil Testing (Would need this to determine fertilizer and micro nutrients)

    Below are the specs on the property I am trying to get sorted out

    Lawn - (3-4 acres mix of small areas & large open areas) currently has common & tifton 10 bermuda w/ some fescue in heavily shaded areas.
    Planters - (15 -20,000+ sqft total) has the traditional mix of shrubs, roses, & annuals.

    Honestly the shear size, the mix of soil types (existing & what was brought in for construction), & types of planters (Raised retaining walls & native dirt level) is what is throwing me for a loop (there are 25 sprinkler zones alone). Any assistance helping me get my head wrapped around this would be greatly appreciated.

    I have attached some pics if that helps any.


    Thanks in advance,
  2. Hortus

    Hortus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Try your local Cooperative Extension. Access to lab testing to accomodate your needs, at a fair nominal fee without bias.
    Advice to other questions, that you might have is free.
  3. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    Just make sure that they let you know if your water sample is compatable with their Water Saver Fertilizer.
  4. grasscrabber

    grasscrabber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I believe Servi-Tech has a location in Amarillo.

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