UGA Extension Office

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Testing Services

Soil Testing for Home Lawns, Gardens, and Wildlife Food Plots

Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

A good soil sample should be representative of the area: backyard, front yard, shrubs, trees, etc. For information on how to take a soil sample, visit Soil Testing in Georgia website.

Cost: $6.00 for each routine sample. Samples should be dropped off at the Chatham County Office at 17 Minus Ave, Garden City, GA or Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd.

If special analysis is needed be sure to let us know.

Results will be mailed 10- 14 days telling you what kind of fertilizer to use and when to use it, how much and more.

Soil can be tested any time during the year: however, be sure to sample well in advance of planting or spring greenup. This is important on areas where lime is likely to be needed.

Sampling Protocol for Testing Drinking Water

This is a list of various test, required sample volume, type sampling container and the procedure on how to collect the sample. Note that arsenic and uranium are included in this list.

Water Sample Costs:
Basic Water Test $22.00
Lead Test $40.00
E-coil Test $36.00 (must be accepted for analysis within 24 hours of collection time). Next day shipping add extra $10.00 to fee.Shipping label and special bottle are available at extension office.

If special analysis is needed be sure to let us know.



Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week

Proclamtion was presented to Lee Lancaster, Georgia Department of Agriculture by Chatham County Commission, Chairman Al Scott. The commission declared March 20 through March 25, 2017 Ag Awareness Week.



Ag Awareness Week
From Left to Right include: Jackie Ogden, UGA Cooperative Extension – Chatham County; Holly Thaw, Savannah-Chatham County Public School Nutrition Program; Terri Schell, Forsyth Farmers Market; Lee Lancaster, Georgia Department of Agriculture; Debbie Gibson, GA Farm Bureau; Alexis Brunson, Georgia Southern University Intern; Lisa Marra, Frali Gourmet, LLC; Dave Legasse, Salt Table.Ag Awareness