Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Soil testing through MSU Extension

The annual Don't Guess…Soil Test! program, co-sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Water Stewardship Program, Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority and local retailers is Saturday, April 2  through Sunday, May 1.

Through this special program, gardeners can obtain a soil nutrient and organic matter analysis through the Michigan State University Soil and Plant Nutrient Lab for the special price of $19 per sample.  The price includes delivery of the soil sample to the MSU laboratory as well as a customized fertilizer recommendation.
With the test, gardeners can identify nutrients already in the soil and identify appropriate fertilizer options.  Over-application of fertilizers can pollute local lakes and rivers, reduce plant quality, and waste money. Visit www.oakgov.com/msu for instructions on how to take a sample.

Pick up a soil testing kit at the following retailers:
  • MSU Extension office, 2nd floor of the North Office Building - 26East- Pontiac
  • Auburn Oaks- Rochester Hills
  • Bordine Nursery- Rochester Hills & Clarkston
  • English Gardens- West Bloomfield & Royal Oak
  • Glenda’s Garden Center- Novi,
  • Goldner Walsh- Pontiac
  •  Hamilton’s of Ortonville
  •  Wojo’s Greenhouse- Ortonville and Lake Orion
  •  Mulligan’s Landscape and Garden Center-White Lake
  •  Oxford Farm and Garden-Oxford
  •  Shades of Green- Rochester Hills
For additional soil testing information or to find out about plant and pest diagnostic services available, contact the MSU Extension Oakland County Plant & Pest Hotline, 248-858-0902. Or, visit www.oakgov.com/msu.

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