Turf and Ornamental Soil Analysis

Why Test? | Available Tests | Sampling Guide | Submittal Forms | Example Reports

Everyone admires a beautiful, lush, healthy lawn. The first step in achieving one is soil testing to determine the proper nutrient program for maximum turf building. Samples should be taken from several areas of the lawn, especially if they vary substantially in drainage, soil type or other characteristics. Flower and shrubbery beds should also be tested so the particular requirements can be met. This simple low-cost analysis will mean a more luxurious lawn, brilliant flowers and dense foliage.

Why Test Turf Soils?

Soil testing is the best scientific method available to evaluate the nutritional status of the soil. Nutrient stresses and imbalances can reduce plant vigor, which increases the plant�s susceptibility to damage from drought, disease, insects, and other conditions. That is why soil testing is important. And with so much at stake, your test must be as accurate as possible. Expert testing does not just happen; it is the result of experienced people, reliable instruments, and a host of related factors. Spectrum Analytic Inc. provides you with professional dedication to accuracy. Soil testing and proper lawn care will let you fully enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, healthy lawn.

Submittal Form

Print and fill out Turf and Ornamental Information Form and include it in the shipment with your samples. Payment by check is accepted. If you wish to pay with credit card, send your samples with an email address and you will be billed after the samples have been completed.

Available Test Packages

$20T1Our Basic Turf & Ornamental Soil Test Package. This is our most commonly requested test. Includes:
  • Soil pH
  • Buffer pH (when needed)
  • Organic Matter
  • Available Phosphorus, Mehlich-3
  • Exchangable Potassium, Mehlich-3
  • Magnesium, Mehlich-3
  • Calcium, Mehlich-3
  • Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)
  • Percent Base Saturation of Cation Elements.
Fertility recommendations are given for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and lime by plant species on a special turf and ornamental soil analysis report with a graphic display of results.
$30T2Includes Basic T1 with Iron, Manganese, Zinc and Copper. Additional fertility recommendations for iron, manganese, zinc and copper are included on the report.
$50T3Includes all of T2 plus Boron, Nitrate Nitrogen, Sodium, Soluble Salts and Sulfur. Additional fertility recommendations for boron and sulfur included on the report.

Additional individual analyses are available. Contact Spectrum Analytic for more information.


We accept checks and credit cards as payment. If paying by check, attach it to your submittal paperwork. If paying by credit card, include an email address on your submittal paperwork and we will send a invoice that you can pay online and receive your results.

Sampling Guide

Instructions for taking a good sample are includes with the sample submittal form (above). The greatest inaccuracy in the soil test is the method it was taken.

Example Report