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T. Michael Likins

Phone Numbers
(804) 751-4401
(804) 768-7576 (FAX)

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mailing address 
Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension
P. O. Box 146
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Street Address 
Chesterfield County Cooperative Extension
9501 Lori Rd.
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Cooperative Extension
Lawn Care and Soil Testing


Are you frustrated with the condition of your lawn?

Sign up today for a home visit by one of our Master Gardeners to evaluate present lawn conditions and collect a soil sample by enrolling in our Grass Roots Program. 

Why Soil Test?

  • Provides information on the proper amount of lime and fertilizer to apply to your lawn, garden, and other areas of your landscape.
  • Aids in diagnosing common nutrient deficiencies or toxicities for plants that are growing poorly.
  • Specifies to gardeners how much lime and fertilizer is necessary and when to apply for
    • minimizing nutrient runoff into surface or ground water
    • saving money
    • optimizing plant health

Where do I get a soil testing kit?

Soil test kits can be picked up at your

  • Local Extension Office

9501 Lori Road 
Chesterfield Va. 23832

  • Any Chesterfield County Public Library. (put link for Chesterfield County Library)
  • Kits are free.

Where do I send the soil testing kit?

  • Kits must be mailed by the resident to Virginia Tech for processing

Virginia Tech Soil Testing Laboratory
145 Smyth Hall, Blacksburg, Va. 24061

  • There is a fee for processing the test ranging from $10.00-$16.00 dollars per sample.

When and how often to Sample?

  • Take a soil sample a few months before initiating any new landscaping, whether
    • seeding a lawn,
    • starting a vegetable garden,
    • putting in a flower bed, or
    • planting perennials.
  • Sampling well in advance of planting will allow time for applied soil amendments to begin making the desired adjustments in soil pH or nutrient levels.
  • Sample established areas—lawns, trees, shrubbery, and other perennials - at any time of year;

Note: an ideal time to take samples is when the garden season has ended in the late summer to early fall.

  • Sampling in the fall allows time for corrective pH and nutrient management before new growth starts in the spring.
  • It is recommended that the soil be tested every three years.

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