Soil Testing

BSH yardWhat You Put On Your Lawn Matters! Let Bay Star Homes Help.

Bay Star Homes wants to help you keep your lawn green and clean while protecting our natural habitat and promoting cleaner waterways. We are offering free soil testing to all Bay Star Homes residents.

Soil Test

A soil test will evaluate your soil's nutrient potential and determine the most beneficial application rates of fertilizer and lime for plant growth. With this information you will be ready to apply the necessary rates of fertilizer and lime to achieve optimum growth of your lawn, garden, or landscape trees and shrubs without over fertilizing and causing excess runoff when it rains and polluting Norfolk's rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

There are thousands of lawns in Norfolk and the pollution adds up! Do your part to help save our Bay!

Sign Up

To sign-up for your free soil test first become a Bay Star Home and then complete our Soil Test Kit Contact Form or follow the process below: 

  1. Pick up your soil test kit Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:
    Department of Public Works
    Storm Water
    2233 McKann Avenue
    Norfolk, VA 23509
  2. Take your sample using the instructions provided with soil kit.
  3. Drop off your sample at the Department of Public Works, Stormwater, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  4. Soil tests will be sent to the Soil Testing Laboratory at Virginia Tech for testing on the 1st of each month.
  5. Once completed, we will send you your detailed soil test report, along with an easy-to-read chart and recommendations for fertilizing and liming.