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Should I test my soil
biology?

If you have a rootzone, biology is playing a major role in the health and success of your vegetation and your bottom line.

What microbes are present and in what quantities has a direct impact on a number of variables, including:

  • nutrient availability

  • weeds

 

  • pest & pathogen resistance

  • water absorption & retention 

Below are the 3 major steps taken to assess a sample of your soil, substrate, or amendment.

Sampling

Sampling is a step we take very seriously. Your data is only useful if your samples are representative! It is important samples are collected and shipped properly. Samples can be collected for you through an on-site evaluation, or we can provide you with step-by-step instructions on where and how to take your samples to ensure the integrity of your results.

Assessment

Once a sample arrives to the lab, it will be assessed with the microscope promptly within 24-48hrs. Our microscopy protocol follows that of Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web. We collect observations of the kinds of bacteria, fungi, actinobacteria, protozoa, and nematodes in the sample, as well as their quantities / biomass.

Report

It’s important for these numbers to actually translate into helpful insight of what’s going on in the rootzone or amendment! The report is the rich document full of explanation, considerations, and guidance. Should you need further assistance in any remediation efforts, I can help you find a consultant in your area.

Are you ready to get familiar with your rootzone?