The best lawns and gardens have one thing in common - good soil. Soil sampling and testing can be used as a management tool to help in decisions related to fertilizer and limestone applications for commercially grown crops, home gardens, fruit trees, ornamentals, and lawns. It provides a scientific basis for maintaining optimum soil fertility levels and proper soil pH values to help attain maximum plant growth and economic yields. Soil testing also protects against the expense and environmental hazards resulting from excessive fertilizer applications.
The Agricultural Services Laboratory provides a variety of analytical agricultural testing. Samples may be submitted through the County Extension Offices or directly to the lab. Each County Extension Office has the supplies needed for submitting samples.