Fall is the Perfect Time
to Have Your Soil Tested
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
October 10, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- Although it may seem unconventional, fall is an
ideal time to have soil tested. The soil pH and nutrient content
of soil changes very little over the winter and additionally, lime
application, if needed, is very effective if done in the fall.
The University of New Hampshire Analytical Services Lab is ready
to test soil samples and UNH Cooperative Extension will provide
lime and fertilizer recommendations.
Soil samples can be submitted in person, by mail, or through the
Cooperative Extension Service in each county. Mail submission is
especially quick and easy.
Two complete soil test packages are offered for homeowners:
1. Organic Gardening (pH, nutrients and organic matter with lime
and organic fertilizer recommendations) $17.00
2. Standard Gardening (pH, nutrients with lime and non-organic
fertilizer recommendations) $12.00
Information on taking a good soil sample is included on soil testing
forms which can be obtained by visiting the Cooperative Extension
web site at www.ceinfo.unh.edu (click on `Ag. Resources' and `Plants'
or by calling 603-862-3210.) Soil testing forms can also be obtained
from your local county Cooperative Extension office.
The lab analyzes soil samples for pH and nutrient content using
the latest soil testing procedures and equipment and provides computer
generated lime and fertilizer recommendations for specific crop
needs. Results are normally reported during the next two working
days following submission to the lab. Test results and recommendations
can be returned by e-mail if requested.
For further information contact the Soil Testing Lab at the Analytical
Services Lab, Spaulding Life Science Center, 38 College Road, Durham,
NH 03824, 603-862-3210 or at Soil.Testing@unh.edu
or the Cooperative Extension web site at www.ceinfo.unh.edu.
The lab is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to
3:30 p.m., except on recognized UNH holidays.