Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District offering FREE soil tests through the Jefferson County Extension

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. Email your voucher request to: The email should include your name, physical address, phone number and if you want one or two vouchers.

The soil vouchers along with your soil sample should be taken to the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service  located at East Government Center, 200 Juneau Drive, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40243 for testing. The Extension Office phone number is (502)-569-2344.

Call the Jefferson County Conservation District at (502)-499-1900 if you have any more questions about obtaining a soil voucher.