A UF/IFAS trained Master Gardener Volunteer is on duty most weekdays to answer your gardening or landscape questions. We can identify the mystery plant, bug, weed or disease in your garden.
Help Desk hours are: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 407-665-5550, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most soil testing for landscape and vegetable gardens can be accomplished with a simple soil pH test. A pH determination can be done in our lab for $2.00 per sample.
How to Take a Good Sample
• Take small, equal, samples of soil from 5-10 different sections of your property, mix together then scoop out a cup sample.
• Samples should be taken from a depth of 2 - 4" for turf areas , 2 - 6" for vegetable gardens and flower beds.
• Sample should be dry and clean of debris.
• Place the sample (at least 8 ounces) in a sealable plastic bag or other sealed container.
The soil needs to be completely dry for testing; if the soil is wet or damp, it will need to be air dried before testing.
Samples may be brought in Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Testing is conducted Thursdays 9-12 a.m. You will be called with results within one week.
A complete soil fertility test to determine amounts of nutrients in the soil can be performed only by the UF/IFAS Extension Soil Testing Laboratory, Wallace Bldg., UF, Gainesville, 32611. Cost of this test is $7.00. UF/IFAS Extension Soil Testing Laboratory Information
A hard copy of the factsheets related to the plant, pest or problem can be obtained at our office, or e-mailed to you upon request.
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