Soil Analysis

Soil testing is an important component of any nutrient management program undertaken for the home garden, lawn, pasture or hay fields and should be utilized prior to adding any lime or fertilizers. Soil sampling kits and information on taking a soil sample can be picked up from the Extension Office. Once the sample has been taken, you simply return the sample to the Extension Office and we will mail it to the UK Soil Testing Lab. It will be at no cost to you. The results are returned providing information on soil pH, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium levels and recommendations for adding amendments. The office will help interpreting the results to make sure that you get the most benefit from you soil amendments while avoiding wasted amounts.

When was the last time your soil was analyzed?  Are you guessing about the amount of fertilizer or lime you are adding?  If so, submit a soil sample for your flower bed, vegetable garden, pasture, hay fields or lawn. 

Individual Assistance

The Whitley County Extension Office can assist individuals with questions on many topics. Do you have a animal that has a disease or an insect and you don’t know what it is or what to do? A tree or weed you need information on? We can help you find the answer to many of these questions.

  Feel free to contact us by phone (606-549-1430), email, or stop by the office.


The University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture conducts research, offers graduate and undergraduate programs of study, and delivers research-based technology and information to the nursery and landscape, vegetable, fruit, and floriculture industries, and to the general public through the Cooperative Extension Service. The Department of Horticulture emphasizes sustainable systems. Its mission is to discover new knowledge, develop and evaluate new technologies and appropriate use of environmental resources for horticultural crop production and utilization, and deliver information to horticultural clientele for improving the quality of life in Kentucky, the United States, and the world.