The Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District offers FREE soil tests through the Jefferson County Extension Office


Although fertilizer, lime, and other amendments can be very helpful in establishing happy, healthy plants and lawns, they pose a risk if not used properly. Excess fertilizer and chemicals wash away with rainwater and pollute our local streams and waterways. The first guideline of responsible fertilizer application is to take a soil sample and have it analyzed to determine fertilizer needs. The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering a soils test incentive program to offset the cost for Louisville Metro residents. The SWCD will provide up to 2 vouchers per household to cover the processing fee for a standard soils test, per Fiscal Year (July-June). People wishing to participate in this incentive program must request the soils test voucher(s) from the Conservation District office.

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) also participates in a soils test incentive program to offset the cost for Louisville Metro residents for lead testing in soil. The SWCD will provide 1 voucher per household to cover the processing fee for a lead test that includes soil pH and nutrient levels. Results will include recommendations based on test results. People wishing to participate in this incentive program must request the soils test voucher from the link below. This voucher will expire in 2 weeks from the issue date and it will not be reissued.

If you request a lead testing soil voucher you can only request one soil nutrient test.

Click Here to Request a Soil Voucher

The soil vouchers along with your soil sample should be taken for testing to the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service located at:

4200 Gardiner View Avenue

Louisville, KY 40213

If you have any questions about obtaining a soil voucher, call the Jefferson County Conservation District at (502) 499-1900 or the Extension Office at (502) 569-2344.