Benefits of Having Soil Tested
Soil testing is economically prudent. The appropriate application of nutrients and/or lime can save money. Don’t buy nutrients that your soil doesn’t need; instead, invest in those nutrients that will bring about healthy growth and yields.
To apply optimal levels of nutrients or lime to your soil, it is necessary to know the existing pH and the availability of essential plant nutrients in the soil. Having too much or too little of these nutrients or limestone can be harmful to plant growth. We can help you adjust these levels for best results.
Soil testing is an environmentally responsible practice. Applying fertilizer or other nutrient sources incorrectly can lead to nitrate or phosphorus contamination of our water resources. By applying fertilizer appropriately, you can ensure that you are “feeding” your plants in an environmentally friendly and “green” way.
Soil Test Kits: Please note that Soil Test Kits can no longer be purchased at the Helpline office. You can download the form and instruction from the Rutgers website and mail in you soil sample.
Soil Test Questionnaire can be downloaded here.
Soil Sampling Instructions can be found here