The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service (UGACES) provides an easy means to have your lawn soil analyzed to yield the best growing conditions for your turf. Here is a simple outline of how to take advantage of the service.
Sample your yard. UGACES provides detailed, step-by- step instructions in a brochure. Click here for an electronic copy of the brochure. NOTE: You will be placing your samples into your own paper or plastic bags at this point unless you have received "sampling" bags from UGACES. Each bag needs to be identified as to what area of your lawn provided the sample.
Take the samples to a local UGACES office. Click here for a complete list of office locations. At the office, you will need to complete a UGACES sampling bag for each of your samples and place the corresponding soil into the sampling bag. One part of the information gathered is to identify the type of turf grass grown in the sample area.
Submit samples and pay testing fee. Turn in the sample bags to the UGACES office. Pay the fees involved (currently $6.00 per sample bag).
Receive analysis reports. The local office will send the sample to Athens for testing. In about 2 weeks, you will receive a report of the analysis for EACH sample.
Fertilize per analysis.Each analysis report will indicate what fertilizer mix is needed, how much is needed per 1000 square feet and how often the mix should be applied. Your local lawn and garden supply center can help in selecting the right fertilizer.