The Q&A Archives: soil

Question: I can not seem to grow grass in my backyard. Where can I take a sample of the dirt so I know what to do. Can they also test to see what I should add to the soil to have better luck with my flowers.

Answer: There was a time when each state university would test soils but that is no longer the case. Here are the soil labs they recommend:
AgriEnergy Resources
21417 1950 E Street
Princeton IL 61356
Phone: (815) 872-1190
Fax: (815) 872-1928

Alvey Laboratory
1511 E. Main Street, PO Box 175
Belleville IL 62222
Phone: (618) 233-0445
Fax: (618) 233-7292

Brookside Laboratories, Inc.
308 S Main St.
New Knoxville, OH 45871
Tel: 419-753-2448
Fax: 419-753-2949

Central Illinois Soil Testing Labs
2689 Bowman Station Rd.
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Tel: 618-498-1918
Fax: 618-498-1918

Contact them for prices on their soil testing services. A soil test always includes recommendations for improving any problems found.

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