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Soil Testing

Soil tests provide personalized results that are typically provided in two weeks. We recommend bringing at least 2 cups of dry soil (from 6 to 7 inches deep) from sampling of the area to our office.  We will complete the paperwork and package it for testing.  Basic soil testing analyzes nutrient content and fertility status. Results include fertilizer and lime recommendations.  The cost is $15.00 per sample.  Results are available in two weeks.

Additional tests are available for nutrient management plans, environmental issues, potting mixes, compost, manure and water usage. Each sample should contain about 2 cups of dry soil from 6 to 7 inches deep. Consult our soil testing publications for specific instructions.

Hotline for lawn and gardening questions

Get your questions answered by calling the Christian County Master Gardener Hotline at 417-581-4853, by emailing or by coming into the Christian County Extension Office. The Christian County Master Gardener Hotline operates from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, from mid-March through mid-October. Hotline volunteers can help you with a wide range of horticultural issues free of charge. Follow the link to the left for more information about the Christian County Master Gardeners.

Do you need an answer?

The faculty and staff of the Christian County Extension Office are available to assist you with research-based information on a variety of topics. If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, give us a call at 417-581-3558 or send an email to