Purchase Penn State Soil Test Kits
An individual wanting to purchase Penn State Soil Test Kits has two options:
- You can visit the Extension Office during regular work hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Monday-Friday) and purchase kit/s in person with a check, cash or money order. Each sale will include a handwritten receipt.
- You can mail a check or money order, for the appropriate amount, made out to:
The Penn State Center Pittsburgh
Energy Innovation Center Suite A
1435 Bedford Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Please use the tear sheet below or include a note stating clearly where the kit/s should be mailed. We will package the kits, with a handwritten receipt, and the county will mail them directly to the individual.
- For first time users we strongly recommend the $12 kit. This kit includes a full color brochure detailing how to take the sample, package and ship it to the Penn State Analytical Laboratory and a five page print out to assist in the interpretation of lab results. Allegheny County Extension office created this kit as a service to our residents who have questions/concerns about the procedure for soil testing.
- Additional kits are $9 each. If an individual has done soil tests in the past the $12 kit is unnecessary and the $9 kit will meet the person’s needs. We offer the $12 kit to assist our residents who may have concerns about the procedure for taking samples.
All kits are for the Standard Fertility Test
If you are interested in optional analyses, they are priced separately and listed on the forms within the kit. An additional check needs to be included with your sample for any tests beyond the Standard Fertility Test.
Specific questions related to the kits and/or optional tests can be forwarded to our Master Gardener GardenLine 412-482-3476 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You are also welcome to contact the Penn State Analytical Laboratory at 814-863-0841 or email@example.com
Multiple crops = multiple kits, meaning vegetable garden, flower garden, lawn etc… at the same address do need individual tests. Each “crop” has different soil requirements.
After the Samples are Sent to the Laboratory
After a resident’s soil sample/s are received by the Penn State Analytical Laboratory results are generally mailed back in 7 to 10 business days. Again, if there are questions regarding the results, the recipient is welcome to contact our Master Gardeners’ GardenLine for further interpretation, or call the Penn State Analytical Laboratory directly (both numbers listed above).
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