Lawn Soil Analysis and Summer Lawn Advice

Asked June 29, 2018, 3:35 PM EDT

Where can I get a sample of my front lawn soil analyzed and get advice for making any changes necessary to improve my front yard. How much does the analysis and advice cost? My front yard looks really good in the spring but begins to look rough as the summer progresses. My name Iis Bob Stephenson and I live in the Masterson Station subdivision of Lexington.

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Here at Extension, advice itself is always free. We are happy to help in anyway possible. Soil testing is offered thru each Extension office in each county which is completed by UK. Here in Fayette county, each soil test costs $7.00. Below you will find more information on collecting and submitting soil samples with Fayette Extension. Your soil test results will come back with Agent recommendations on them. Once you receive those results back, call us here at the Fayette County Office and we will be happy to talk with you further about your lawn. (859) 257-5582. Thanks!

Submitting Soil Samples
Sample gardens, lawns, and landscaped areas separately. Collect random
samples from each area. The area to sample for trees includes the soil below the width of the tree. For shrubs, flower beds, and gardens, sample just the
soil where the plants are growing. You should sample problem areas and
areas with shrubs, trees, or flower beds separately from other turf or lawn
areas. Do not sample compost areas, under the drip-line of trees, and close to driveways or streets.
One commonly overlooked component of soil sampling is the depth of soil
to be tested. Most plant nutrients accumulate at the soil surface. This nutrient stratification is a result of past broadcast fertilizer applications and
decomposition of plant residue on the soil surface. Because there is a higher
concentration of nutrients on the soil surface, soil test values usually go down as the sample depth is increased. To obtain accurate and consistent (between different years) results, samples must be taken to the following depths for these areas:
Tilled Areas - Take soil cores to the depth of the tillage operation (usually 6 to 8 inches).
Non or Reduced-Tilled Areas - Take soil cores to a depth of 3 to 4 inches for pastures, no-till planting (where fertilizer or lime remains on the soil
surface), and minimum-till planting (where fertilizer is incorporated only in
the surface 1 to 2 inches).
Lawns and Turf Grasses - Collect soil cores to a depth of 3 to 4 inches.
Sample Preparation - After individual sample are collected and placed in the bucket, crush the soil material and mix the sample thoroughly. Allow the
sample to air dry in an open space free from contamination. When dry, fill a clean container with approximately 2 cups of soil.
IMPORTANT - Results will take 2-3 weeks. Fayette County Extension
Office is unable to process credit/debit cards or to make change.
Please bring exact change or make a check out to: Fayette County Soil Lab for $7.00.

Fayette Extension Office - 1140 Harry Sykes Way - Lexington, KY 40504