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Msu soil nutrient testing available at msu Extension office & local garden centers

March 30, 2011

The annual Don't GuessůSoil Test! program, co-sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Water Stewardship Program, Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority and local retailers begins this Saturday. The program runs through May 1.

Gardeners can obtain a soil nutrient and organic matter analysis through the Michigan State University Soil and Plant Nutrient Lab for $19 per sample. The price includes delivery of the soil sample to the MSU laboratory as well as a customized fertilizer recommendation.

Identifying nutrients already in the soil helps know appropriate fertilizer options -- over-application of fertilizers can pollute local lakes and rivers, reduce plant quality, and waste money. Pick up a soil testing kit at the following retailers:

Wojo's Greenhouse in Lake Orion and Oxford Farm and Garden.