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Name: Jeff Loflin
Carson City, Nevada - Zone 6b (Zone 6b)
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JeffLoflinECV
Mar 7, 2021 12:17 PM CST
Does anyone have any suggestions for a Professional Soil Test Kit? Price doesn't matter. Thank you! Jeff
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MsDoe
Mar 7, 2021 3:38 PM CST
Anything specific you're testing for?
If you want a thorough and accurate test, I suggest you go to a professional soil lab instead of using a home test kit. I'm not recommending this particular lab, but am just including a link to show you what a lab can test for and how much it costs:
http://agritest.com/agritest-c...
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
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sumire
Mar 7, 2021 4:00 PM CST
Are you concerned about your soil fertility or the potential for mining related heavy metals in your soil? (In Carson City, either or both could be a possibility.)
www.sumiredesigns.com
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Mar 7, 2021 4:13 PM CST
I find it best to use the county extension of your local university.
Here is a link for into in your area.
https://extension.unr.edu/publ...
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 7, 2021 4:14 PM CST
The problem with a soil test is it will tell you what you do or don't have but not necessarily the why/how to fix it. Its all about soil chemistry but, depending upon your problem, not necessarily what you need to know.

For instance, if you have an arsenic spike in your test, you could be sitting on an old mine and may be in one of the neighborhoods on the east side of town with RO systems for drinking water. If it says heavy in calcium, adding magnesium won't fix the problem and probably make it worse because you are sitting on the old playa in a pile of alkali. The only solution for that is start adding compost. The alkali tends to creep into your gardening area so I add an inch or so of compost every winter and let the winter storms soak it in (this year it may be sprinklers Smiling ).




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Name: Jeff Loflin
Carson City, Nevada - Zone 6b (Zone 6b)
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JeffLoflinECV
Mar 8, 2021 8:02 AM CST
Thank you everyone for your replies and information. I am not having any specific problems. I was just looking to gain a better understanding of my soil and play with some with some Chemistry. Grin
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 8, 2021 11:44 AM CST
Here is an easy to read version"

https://www.moananursery.com/f...

And if you really want to get serious:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Inte...

I live on a hill of sand and Sumire lives in an area near an old playa (clay and sand) but we both have the same problem, a lack of organics and nutrients in alkaline soil. It sounds like Carson City is pretty much the same.

BTW, are you the president of the Carson City Historical Society?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org
Name: Jeff Loflin
Carson City, Nevada - Zone 6b (Zone 6b)
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JeffLoflinECV
Mar 8, 2021 12:03 PM CST
Thank you for the excellent documents! Much Appreciated.

Yes, I was the President of the Historical Society last year. Work is taking up too much of my time so I had to step down for now. Looking forward to getting back into it in a couple of years.

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