Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation
A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!

How do you test soil


Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-19-2010, 02:33 PM
lawn mowering
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post How do you test soil

I am trying to start a lawn mowing business and everyone around me offers soil testing and I want to offer the customers the same it is set as a standerd in my area. I dont want to pay someone else to test the soil because that would raise my prices to much. Will you tell me how do you test the soil where you are at and if the soil is poor or "sick" what do you do about it?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 02-19-2010, 02:41 PM
Andrew7dg Andrew7dg is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: St. Paul Minnesota
Posts: 22
Rep Power: 5
Andrew7dg is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
So far I only do the soil test when I am first there (maybe once a year) and send it to the U of M soil testing lab. I always tell the homeowner that it is an investment because you really don't know how much fertilizer to apply or what amendments you need/don't need.

I haven't used the home tests.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-19-2010, 05:03 PM
ProCut TM
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I've seen test kits at home depot
I've used one I leave that to the spray guys
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-19-2010, 06:52 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawn mowering View Post
I am trying to start a lawn mowing business and everyone around me offers soil testing and I want to offer the customers the same it is set as a standerd in my area. I dont want to pay someone else to test the soil because that would raise my prices to much. Will you tell me how do you test the soil where you are at and if the soil is poor or "sick" what do you do about it?
I did a lot of research into this a year ago, after all how can we make an informed suggestion if we do not know the exact problem. PH is pretty straight forward but only a small part of the puzzle.

What I found was a kit that would tell me everything I needed to know was over a grand and even then there were questions on how accurate it was.

I simply take soil samples as per instructions and send it to the Provincial Dept of Agriculture and have the results by email within three days, they charge me $10.00 I charge the client $35.00 however I know exactly what the ground needs to make the grass grow. I have yet to have a client refuse this service.

Most of the time I can tell without doing a soil sample but there were a few times last year the condition was beyond anything I had seen, for me clients don't mind waiting a few days and they respect the fact that we are using professionals to tell us what needs to be done.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-20-2010, 10:08 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,740
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
What I found was a kit that would tell me everything I needed to know was over a grand and even then there were questions on how accurate it was.
Did you you ever find yourself testing the properties and getting results that your gut told you were not correct?

Also sending the sample to a government lab, does that help you sell it? I'd figure a person might pay more if they heard that is where it was being sent because it sounds more scientific and exact.

Quote:
So far I only do the soil test when I am first there (maybe once a year) and send it to the U of M soil testing lab.
How much do they charge?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-20-2010, 11:21 AM
Andrew7dg Andrew7dg is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: St. Paul Minnesota
Posts: 22
Rep Power: 5
Andrew7dg is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Did you you ever find yourself testing the properties and getting results that your gut told you were not correct?

Also sending the sample to a government lab, does that help you sell it? I'd figure a person might pay more if they heard that is where it was being sent because it sounds more scientific and exact.



How much do they charge?
http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/scans%...d%20Garden.pdf

Here is the sheet that they want you to fill out

for a regular N-P-K it is like $15 and you can include other test that might, might not be needed depending on the location.

It isn't that bad of a price and again, I remind home owner of the importance before adding any fert/amendment otherwise they could be spending too much or too little on treatments.

Give me a day and I will post up what they send back. That way you can see all the helpful info that they provide!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-20-2010, 01:41 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Did you you ever find yourself testing the properties and getting results that your gut told you were not correct?

Also sending the sample to a government lab, does that help you sell it? I'd figure a person might pay more if they heard that is where it was being sent because it sounds more scientific and exact.



How much do they charge?
No Steve, the Government reports are very through and bang on accurate, keep in mind Nova Scotia is one of the largest Organic Vegetable producers in the world, the government has state of the art testing equipment.

Having the government give me a report shows the clients that we are a professional company and we do get jobs because of it, when the trunk slammer shows up with his tool box kit vs us with a letter explaining why we have the Department of Agriculture do our test results, it has worked every time and I have feedback saying our reports were very different than the company that tested the soil themselves and almost always they state, I am glad we called you.

I am a stickler for detail and accuracy in just about every area of my life, especially woodworking, this is why both companies do so well.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Ground Rules for Healthy Soil." Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 8 06-11-2012 08:25 PM
Mulch & Top Soil picframer Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 10 03-10-2009 05:06 AM
top soil estimate art Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 7 07-01-2008 10:43 PM
Royer Northeast Sales Soil Screener Steve Promote your products or services 10 06-03-2008 05:12 PM
Soil testing? Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 8 11-29-2006 09:26 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Yesterday 11:20 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 282
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
Yesterday 09:38 PM
by kslawn
3 116
this mower is driving me...
boog
Yesterday 12:07 PM
Yesterday 09:35 PM
by kslawn
1 54
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
Yesterday 09:23 PM
by kslawn
7 153
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
Yesterday 09:08 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
8 136
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
Yesterday 08:06 PM
by Prolawnofchatt
4 153
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
Yesterday 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 577
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 05:56 PM
by Tekeda1
15 298
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
Yesterday 11:50 AM
by Steve
1 51
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-16-2014 08:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
30 982
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-16-2014 07:35 PM
by stevef1201
8 165
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 687
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 80
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 239
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 71
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
04-16-2014 10:43 AM
by Steve
3 94
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 567
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 198
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 149
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 284
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 170
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 89
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 284,537
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 392
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 288
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 395
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 148
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-14-2014 10:03 AM
by Steve
5 166
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 381
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 95
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 205
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 93
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 167
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,549
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 302
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 307
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 143
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 119
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 121
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 271
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
04-11-2014 03:25 PM
by Steve
11 991
Hello....
SWFloridaLawns
04-10-2014 06:15 PM
04-11-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
2 117
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
04-10-2014 10:33 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
78 24,990
Trading Accounts
goodtimez
04-09-2014 05:42 PM
04-10-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
2 148
Grass that has...
erock289
04-09-2014 10:21 AM
04-10-2014 01:52 PM
by Steve
3 160
Prowrap Trimmer Engine...
Steve
05-24-2006 07:05 PM
04-10-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
10 2,194
1st annual Easter egg...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 06:58 AM
04-10-2014 01:07 PM
by Steve
1 107
Hello everyone
aceslawnandgarden
04-03-2014 06:54 PM
04-10-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
9 364
Weed control programs
Mallard91
04-02-2014 12:25 PM
04-10-2014 12:56 PM
by Steve
6 330
homeowner vs...
GoGreenerKS
04-07-2014 10:54 AM
04-10-2014 12:52 PM
by Steve
8 278
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 advertisement article marketing birdscaping blower care charge christmas light service credit card customers echo exmark fall ferris financing flower bed for sale four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul gravely gravely 34" zero turn health holiday holiday decorating how much to charge installation invoice kansas city labor cost late lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business show lawn clarksville lawn service clarksville tn leaf cleanup lesco lighting brass outdoor lights llc llp marketing mowing mulch mulch price new and restored landscapes new buisness new business office management oil podcast promotion redmax scag seo snow sole proprietorship starting a business stihl subcontractor theft of services tips tree care unreasonable walk behind walker yard clarksville zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:24 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:24 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy