soil sample #358324 - Ask Extension


soil sample #358324

Asked August 31, 2016, 11:11 AM EDT

although i have lawn service my lawn is ugly. how do take a soil sample and who do i take it to once i have taken it.

Jefferson County Kentucky

Expert Response

Soil testing can be done through our office. We send the soil sample to UK's soil lab as soon as possible. We test for nutrients and pH, we do not test for disease, contaminates, soil texture or soil structure. The exception is lead. If that is a concern that information is toward the bottom of the page.

The following are University of Kentucky routine soil testing instructions.

 * Take multiple examples of the area to be tested, 4 to 8 inches down.

* Mix these together to equal 2 cups of soil.

* Allow to dry thoroughly.

* Put in clean baggy/container and bring to the Extension Office at 810 Barret Ave. (We will be moving to 200 Juneau Dr. toward the end of September.)

* Bring cash or check, its $7 for each area to be tested.

The test result are mailed to you (we get a copy too) with your soil’s pH and readings of major and minor nutrients along with information on how and what to change for the plants to be grown there.

The University of Kentucky will test your soil, get results back in about 2 or so, weeks, and make recommendations based on what you want to grow, all for a low price. 

For more details on taking a soil sample:

Some urban gardeners are worried about lead and heavy metals in their soil. We can help with that too. We work with the University of Massachusetts; they require 2 cups of dry soil for heavy metal and soil testing. It can be sent to them through our office. You will receive results for the level of lead in your soil, and the pH and nutrient levels. The cost of the testing is $17.00 with results, which are very specific, in approximately 3 weeks.

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!

Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
810 Barret Ave
Louisville KY 40204


Carol Wilder Replied September 02, 2016, 4:00 PM EDT

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