If you are looking for soil testing near me – this is the place. With only a few exceptions every US state has a university based extension program that operates a soil lab. These soil testing labs can used by both commercial growers and farmers and home gardeners. Most tests are very affordable (~$20 or less) and there are instructions for how to collect and package the samples on each website.
It is common for the service to also include fertilizer or other amendment recommendations based on the test results and the crop or plants you want to grow. These are typically customized by the state (for example, here in New England, there are special requests for those interested in growing blueberries – a popular crop in the region). Your extension may offer other regionally appropriate options.
Knowing what is going on in the other half of your garden is imperative to your garden design success. In this post – Soil Compost Mulch: Restore your soil (and feed your plants) – How to Mulch and Compost a climate change solution- I talk about how these are the first things to take note of and work with as your seek to improve your landscape and build a garden. It is a great place to start.
Soil testing in the Southeast United States
Mid Atlantic State Soil Testing
New York– Cornell University Cooperative Extension – Cornell is one of the leading horticulture and biosciences universities in the USA. Their website is a great place to stay on top of the most advanced science in the industry.
New England Soils
New Hampshire – University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension – Like many regional soil testing programs, there are options to have your soil tested for specific crops that are typical to the region. In New Hampshire it’s Christmas trees, in Massachusetts, its blueberries – it will likely be something different where you live.
Rhode Island – University of Rhode Island Soil Program (Use the program at UMass)
Soils in Western States
California – University of California Cooperative Extension (add your county to this search to narrow the list)
Nevada – University of Nevada Reno – Environmental Soil Analysis Laboratory (this will forward you to nearby state labs)
Central State Extension Services for Garden Soil Labs
Iowa – Iowa State University closed their lab in 2017 (visit this link for alternative labs in nearby states)
Updated September 2022
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