Starting an edible garden and wonder what's in your soil?

Soil Testing

Soil TestingStarting an edible garden and wonder what’s in the soil?
It can be difficult to determine previous uses of an existing property, and it is impossible without testing to know what pollutants are present soil. Most soil contaminants are impossible to detect without professional laboratory analysis. Our clients want healthy gardens, farms, and orchards, and there are two primary drivers for soil testing:

  1. Determining appropriate fertilizers
  2. Testing for contaminants (herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and heavy metals)

HBS will sample and test your soil and provide a user-friendly report that takes the guesswork out of soil science.

Soil Testing Success Story:

A client bought an orchard and vineyard in Sonoma County and wanted to start a small edible garden patch with her kids. She knew the land had been treated with herbicides and pesticides before she moved in. She was concerned contaminants in the soil might harm the children or get onto their food. HBS ran soil tests for pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides and found no cause for concern. The client now enjoys worry-free gardening with her kids and we’re told this last summer they had some of the best tomatoes ever tasted!

 

 

Soil Testing Benefits

Soil Testing BenefitsStandard Nutrient Screen (pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur) Biocides (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides - heavy metals, chlorinated compounds) Paint Chips or Leaching (lead) High Traffic Areas (lead, zinc, PAHs) Treated Lumber (arsenic, chromium, copper) Burning Wastes (PAHs, dioxins) Petroleum Spills (PAHs, petroleum byproducts, solvents, heavy metals)

Soil Testing Services

  • Standard Nutrient Screen (pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur)
  • Biocides (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides - heavy metals, chlorinated compounds)
  • Paint Chips or Leaching (lead)
  • High Traffic Areas (lead, zinc, PAHs)
  • Treated Lumber (arsenic, chromium, copper)
  • Burning Wastes (PAHs, dioxins)
  • Petroleum Spills (PAHs, petroleum byproducts, solvents, heavy metals)
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