Kenai Peninsula District Office
Soil Testing and Interpretation
Understanding what nutrients are available in your soil for your plants is needed in order to supply your garden with the building blocks to promote healthy and vigorous growth. Taking a soil sample and analyzing a soil test is the only way to know what nutrients are in your soil and how much fertilizer to apply to your garden. Review the documents below for more information on taking a soil sample, testing, and interpreting your results.
- Garden/Farm Soil Test Calculator
- Peony Soil Test Calculator
- Tree and Shrub Soil Test Calculator
- Sampling and Testing your Soil
- Factors to Consider in Selecting a Soil Testing Laboratory
- Request a Custom Soil Test Interpretation
Range and Livestock Calculators
- Cattle Stocking Rate Calculator
- Domestic Livestock Stocking Rate Calculator
- Pasture and Wildland Seeding Rate Calculator
- Forage Test Nitrate Converter
Pressure Canner Gauge Testing
Dial gauges on pressure canners need to be tested for accuracy every year. This free service is offered at the Kenai Peninsula Extension office. You don't have to bring your whole canner in, but the gauge can still be attached to your lid. Please call ahead to ensure someone is in to test your gauge, 262-5824 or you're welcome to drop it off and pick it up at a later date/time.
Spruce Bark Beetles: What you need to know
Spruce Bark Beetles are making an impact on spruce trees across the Kenai Peninsula. Click here in order to:
- learn what bark beetles are and how they damage trees.
- learn bark beetle groups in Alaska.
- learn signs and symptoms of bark beetle activity.
- learn potential bark beetle threats to Alaska.
- become familiar with the vocabulary of bark beetles.
For even more information, view Spruce Bark Beetles: Tree Management Options for Home and Woodlot Owners for Southcentral and Interior Alaska