UGA Extension Office

Soil Testing

Soil Testing

Soil tests will help you develop and maintain a more productive garden by providing information about the fertility status of your soil.

Information from a soil test will help you select the proper liming and fertilization program to obtain the optimum growth of lawn, garden, ornamental and agronomic plants. With the growing prices of fertilizer and soil amendments, a soil test is a relatively cheap option that could potentially save you a lot of money.

Resources on Soil TestingHands full of soil with a plant sprouting from the soil

The standard routine soil test is $9.00 per sample which includes $3.00 for shipping and handling. We have soil test bags in our office or you may bring in a zip-style sandwich bag full of soil per testing site to ensure we have enough to send off.

Specialty tests for pesticides, minerals, pH and petroleum products can also be performed. Costs for these tests are dependent upon which test is selected.


It takes 7-10 business days from the time the lab receives the sample for results to be made available.

We accept soil samples in our office Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm. There are no refunds.

PLEASE NOTE - During the holiday season there are times when the lab is closed resulting in longer than usual turnaround for results. 


Soil Test Analysis Report Example