UGA Extension Office

Lab Testing - Soil & Water

Let's begin with a soil test. So many times clients come in our office with questions about their lawn, garden, trees, etc. and we always suggest that we start with the basic (soil test). Here is a link that will assist you gathering your sample. Soil testing in Georgia. It is not necessary to come by and pick up the bags first. The soil sample bags we transfer the soil into will only hold one cup of soil, so please don't bring large bags of soil. Bring your dry sample in a ziplock bag, cup, or any kind of container. We will transfer it over to a UGA soil bag. We need at least 1 cup of dry soil. One sample is sufficient for each lawn. The cost per sample is $8.00 (cash, check or credit card) and results are either mailed or emailed. It usually takes about 10 to 12 days to receive your results. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm and do not close for lunch. Sorry, we do not mail out soil bags but you can mail in your sample.

Spring and Fall is extremely busy for soil sampling in our office. Bring your soil sample in early and beat the crowd.

Here is a tip to help dry your soil quicker: Place your wet soil in a shallow pan and place on the dashboard of your vehicle with the windows rolled up in the sunshine. It will dry it out quickly.


Water Testing

Water testing is important to monitoring water quality for people who get their water from a well.

When you pour yourself a glass of water to drink, it may appear clean, taste good, and you may expect it to be safe. However, many sources of water we assume are safe may contain dissolved minerals, organic compounds or even live organisms at harmful concentrations. Contaminated water used for drinking and cooking may affect your health. Also, high concentrations of certain minerals in your water can result in quality issues such as unpleasant taste and odors or staining of bathroom fixtures and/or laundry.

The quality and safety of drinking water is of great concern to many Americans today because of an increased interest in health and environmental quality. This new focus on water quality has led many Americans to consider testing their water.


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Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Understanding Laboratory Wastewater Tests: I. ORGANICS (BOD, COD, TOC, O&G) (C 992) For most people a complete understanding of the standard methods required to accurately complete critical wastewater analytical tests is not necessary. However, a fundamental understanding of the theory behind and working knowledge of the basic procedures used for each test, and the answers to commonly asked questions about each test can be a valuable tool for anyone involved in generating, monitoring, treating or discharging process wastewater.
  • Factors to Consider in Selecting a Farm Irrigation System (B 882) The majority of agricultural irrigation systems in Georgia fit into one of two broad categories: sprinkler irrigation and micro-irrigation. Sprinkler irrigation systems include center pivot, linear move, traveling gun, permanent set and solid set. Micro-irrigation systems include drip (or trickle) irrigation and micro-sprinklers. No one system is best for every application. Once you decide to install an irrigation system, you must consider several important factors before deciding which system is best for your situation. This publication is intended primarily for the farmer who has made the decision to irrigate and is in the process of deciding what type system will best fit into his or her operation.
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