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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by StBalor, Apr 8, 2011.
Anyone out there know where to have soil testing done in Maryland?
Shemin Nurseries, they have two locations. One in White Marsh and the one near you would be Burtonsville.
4100 Sandy Spring Road, Burtonsville - (410) 792-4531
They have all the materials that you would need for improving soil conditions (lime, fert, gypsum, etc...).
The last I heard, University of Maryland closed their soil testing lab. Try a third party lab, JDL or another out of state university. I think University of Delaware still does soil testing for Maryland.
I went ahead and mailed my sample to A&L eastern labs. This was my 1st time sending a soil sample.
I do not usually install sod but this year i have gotten 4 calls asking if i install sod. after turning the 1st 2 away i decided to bid the 2nd 2 since i had some time on my hands.
the 1st 1 i bid i have not heard back from the home owner.
the 2nd customer wanted a soil sample and priceing on sod and a price on seeding.
when doing soil samples how do you guys charge? just for the soil sample or do you include your time?
Soil sample and shipping was 22.00 i was thinking of charging 50.00 with the understanding half would be waived if they accepted my estimate.
Does this sound ok to you guys.
That sounds a little high to me but if you are calling it a deposit I guess its ok. I don’t charge up front much over cost for soil samples (Shemin charges no more then $12 for a basic soil test, and they email you the results). If I don’t get the job at least I have covered my cost and gas. I insert that extra cost and time into the installation, for example on a 600 sq. ft. sod job add an extra $0.03 per sq. ft. and you have $18 made up for the soil test.