Soil Testing for Homeowners


We are now accepting soil samples 

(pH testing and nutrient analysis)

by appointment only.  

Please call Susan N. to set-up an appointment. 

(845) 344-1234 (ext. 250)

We do soil pH tests in our Middletown Office. Samples submitted for nutrient testing are sent to the Dairy One Lab in Ithaca, NY.

Here is our guide on how to properly take a soil sample.

SOIL pH TEST:

Cost: $5.00 per sample for diagnosis and recommendations.

  • Sample collection: With a trowel, go to several sections in the area to be tested. Take a slice 3 - 6" deep from each section. Mix it together to make one sample. Use a tool, not your hands. Air dry soil thoroughly (do not use a microwave).
  • If there is a problem area collect two samples for comparison; one from the good area, one from the bad area.

SOIL NUTRIENT TEST:

Cost: $18 per sample

  • Sample collection: With a trowel, go to several sections in the area to be tested. Take a slice 3 - 6" deep from each section. Mix it together to make one sample. Use a tool, not your hands. Air dry soil thoroughly (do not use a microwave).
  • If there is a problem area collect two samples for comparison; one from the good area, one from the bad area.
  • Samples are sent to the Dairy One Lab in Ithaca, NY. Turnaround time is approximately 2 weeks. Results and recommendations will be mailed to you directly from the lab.
  • You can also mail your sample directly to  Dairy One.

If you need help filling out the form or have any questions once you get your results, please contact the Garden Helpline at (845) 343-0664 or email mghelpline@cornell.edu.

Commercial growers, please contact your commodity representative by calling (845) 344-1234.

Contact

Susan Ndiaye
Community Horticulture Educator
sgn32@cornell.edu
845-344-1234 Ext.250

Last updated September 1, 2020