Soil Testing Instructions
Quick instructions on how to sample:
|The AgSource Labs located in Bonduel test soil samples brought into the UW-Extension office. Generally it takes seven to ten business days for the lab to process the sample and send out its findings. A copy of their findings is forwarded to the Extension horticulturalist if you require interpretive assistance. The cost is $20 per sample if you send them through the Extension office.|
|Take at least 10 soil cores and mix them together thoroughly.|
|Soil cores should be taken to the same depth that the roots grow. This means 5 to 7 inches for most gardens and turfgrass areas. For golf course putting greens and tees, 4 inches is more appropriate.|
|Place 1 to 2 cups of the well-mixed soil in a clean plastic bag or a soil testing bag from your county Extension office. Fill out the paperwork Soil Test form (pdf) and bring it with your payment to your Extension office or directly to the soil testing laboratory.|
|Soil probes are available at a rental fee of $20. (The fee can be applied to the cost of having your soil sample processed.) Payment can be made by cash or check. UW-Extension is unable to accept credit or debit payments at this time.|
For more information on soil and turf, please visit UW- Extension Learning Store at http://learningstore.uwex.edu or take the Shortcut to Lawn and Turf at the Learning Store.