Lawn & Garden

Flowers in a garden.

The tests provided here are for evaluating soil fertility, pH level, and/or problems due to excessive salts or fertilizer materials. Based on the test results and type of plants to be grown, you will be sent the appropriate fertilizer recommendation for good plant growth without adverse effects on the environment. 

Watch this video from the UMN Extension about how to collect soil samples from your lawn or garden (samples can be placed in plastic bags or used (clean) food containers):

How to Submit Samples for Analysis

  1. Download, print and fill out the Lawn & Garden Soil Analysis Request Sheet (PDF) - use one sheet per sample. Include your email address and we will email you the results. The email will arrive from [email protected] and may enter your spam folder.
  2. Follow the instructions for collecting samples on the second page of the PDF and watch the video, above.
  3. The sample size should be about 2-3 cups.
  4. Place sample in a tightly sealed container or bag (clean, disposable food container or bag).
  5. Enclose a check payable to the University of Minnesota for all services requested. The cost is $17 per sample. Do NOT send cash - we cannot be responsible for cash sent through the mail. 
  6. Send the soil sample(s), payment, and request sheet(s) to:
    Soil Testing Laboratory, University of Minnesota
    135 Crops Research Building
    1902 Dudley Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    You may drop off the samples in person. See Contact Us for directions. Free drop-off parking available on the curb on the Dudley Ave. entrance.

Note: While our tests are optimized for upper midwest states, we can accept any soil from the mainland US (including AK) that is not highlighted or marked on this map.

Tests Offered (with recommendations)

Professional Tests (no recommendations)