UGA Extension Office

Soil and Water Testing

Water Testing

The basic water test is $25.00 (cash or check) and will tell you the pH and hardness of your water, and the metal content for 17 key metals. Bring your first draw in a clean, clear lidded container. Expanded tests are available if you are putting in a water treatment system or need more information. Testing may take up to 10-20 days. We will mail or email you the results. Visit our Agriculture and Environmental Services Lab website to view all of the water testing we offer or call (912) 554-7577 for more details. 

Soil Testing

A $10 (cash or check) soil sample can tell you the type and amount of nutrients that should be added to your lawn, garden and other plants. You will need two cups of soil, free of debris, made up of ten random samples taken across the area. Sample to the depth of cultivation for a garden or four inches for a lawn. Pick up a soil sample bag and form, or bring the two cups of soil in a plastic baggie or other clean container to the County Extension Office. Testing may take up to 10-14 days. We will mail or email you the results. Visit our Agriculture and Environmental Services Lab website to view all of the soil testing we offer or call (912) 554-7577 for more details.

Soil Testing Instructions

1. With a spade, trowel, auger, or soil sampling tube, take a thin vertical slice or core of soil from at least 10-20 different places in the area to be tested. Combine, mix thoroughly together, and fill the soil sample bag to the FILL LINE. Fold top to FILL LINE and fasten metal flaps securely to avoid spillage during shipment.

2. For row crops sample to plow depth; for lawns and turf and pasture surface 4" depth; gardens surface 6" depth; orchards surface 8 to 12" depth and pecan groves surface 6 to 8" depth. For more detailed information on soil sampling guidelines, contact your county Extension office.

3. One sample should represent no more than 15 acres. If more than one soil type is present within the sampling area, take a separate sample from each soil type. Avoid sampling high and low spots, areas along roads, old fence rows, fertilizer bands, etc. Sample problem areas separately.

4. Complete the items requested on the front of the bag and return the sample to your county agent.

For more information, view The Soil Testing the Easy Way YouTube video.