Cornell Cooperative Extension offers a soil pH/texture test and provides recommendations for modification. A more comprehensive nutrient analysis is available from Dairy One in Ithaca, NY. The reliability of a soil test is only as good as the sample you submit.
The cost for the soil pH test is $5.00 per sample. Test results will be mailed to you within 3-5 working days.
Click here to download the form: ph Soil Form
A soil test does not explore insect, disease, or many other cultural problems. You may first want to contact our Garden Helpline (585-753-2555) for help with your problem or submit a plant sample to the Diagnostic Lab.
How to Take a Soil Sample
Using a soil probe, spade or trowel take several samples from the area and put a clean container. Submit approximately a pint of soil.
Take soil from:
Combine all samples and mix thoroughly.
If soil is wet, spread it on paper and allow to air dry overnight. Do not heat the soil.
Last updated March 12, 2019