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As I have mentioned in other post, I maintain several large-acreage equestrian properties. These clients are beginning to ask me about turf management now, and its something I have always wanted to get into. So my question is, where can I send soil samples to get them tested? I know about my local extension office, but they limit how many I can send for testing in one year, and they are quite slow (a month or two before results come back). All of the properties are Coastal Bermuda grass, and I am certain they are deficient in phosphate, but I would like to see actual test results so that I can justify several hundred dollars in fertilizer when making my recommendations.

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Check to see if you have a site one supplies store near your location. They have great place to send soil samples to. Or check with you state department of Agriculture, they might know of a local place.

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The closest one is about 30-mintues from me which would work out ok. I've also sent an email to my local ag extension office asking for clarification on their rules regarding commercial contractors sending off samples for testing. I have to pick up some pavers today at a local mulch and seed store, and am going to ask there as well. Thanks for the help LandscapesbyAcme!

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Most local area garden centers that sell custom seed mixes typically will test your soil sample(s) for minimal price while you wait.
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vIt cost me $12 for each soil sample I send in to the KS state University, though it was complete and very accurate.

I have considered buying a soil test kit since I send in soil samples every year for testing. The problem with all the small test kits, is that they only test for pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and K, Potash. They do not test for calcium, which is a key nutrient for ginseng. To get a kit that would include the test for calcium, costs around $350 on up. Unless there is some cheaper way to test for calcium levels alone, it's just not worth the bother for a test that is incomplete.

Perhaps there is someone on here that knows how to do a cheap test for calcium?

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Send them to the University of Georgia soil test lab. Or local county extension office. They have resources that can help you. Might be able to send them to your local college if they have that type of service.

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Our local extension office provides basic soil testing for free, if a complete analysis is needed it's forwarded to the University which charges for this report.

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JandJLawnService wrote:Our local extension office provides basic soil testing for free, if a complete analysis is needed it's forwarded to the University which charges for this report.


That's awesome! Which University?

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Brettcp wrote:
JandJLawnService wrote:Our local extension office provides basic soil testing for free, if a complete analysis is needed it's forwarded to the University which charges for this report.


That's awesome! Which University?


University of Florida

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JandJLawnService wrote:
Brettcp wrote:
JandJLawnService wrote:Our local extension office provides basic soil testing for free, if a complete analysis is needed it's forwarded to the University which charges for this report.


That's awesome! Which University?


University of Florida


I got ya.

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