We have been receiving a lot of questions about soil testing this spring. Here is some information that we hope you find helpful!
Does your office test soil? Unfortunately our office does not have the equipment to test soil in the office. In fact, the lab at OSU that used to test soil no longer provides that service. There are many public and private labs that do test soil. Here is a link to a FactSheet that is very informative about how-419-, why, and where you can get your soil tested.
Are soil labs currently open because of COVID19? Yes and no. Please check with the lab prior to sending your soil sample to be tested to see if they are currently open for business, and if they are, is there any special requirements to send the soil. Here is a link to an OSU FactSheet: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/hyg-1132
What if I receive the results and have questions? If you have questions about the results, you can contact the lab where the test was done, or you can connect the local Extension office. We would love to help you better understand what the results mean and assist with any questions you have about the fertilizer recommendations. Locally you can email our horticulture hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect Extension Educator, Amy Stone directly at 419-574-0986.
Why should I test my soil? Testing your soil is the only way to determine the nutrient levels in your soil. Some people fertilizer multiple times a year, while others may not fertilize at all. We do know that plants use nutrients so a soil test can tell us what is available for the plants to utilize. If you recently fertilized, it is recommended that you wait a minimum of 6 weeks before you test your soil.
We hope that you find this article informative. Please reach out if you have any questions. Happy gardening and stay safe!