What is soil testing and analysis?
Soil testing and analysis determines the nutrient content, composition, and other characteristics such as the acidity and pH level of the soil. This generally goes hand in hand with a planting scheme as it is important to be aware of the composition of the soil if you are planning to develop on a site. If a site has been used previously for industrial purposes, the soil may contain contaminants and, therefore, a full soil analysis would be required to determine the level of contaminant and other chemicals present in the soil.
There is a range of different types of soil testing and analysis that can be completed, ranging from a basic pH and nutrient level test to a heavy metal composition analysis which identifies a much wider spectrum of nutrients, as well as nutrient deficiencies and potential toxins within the area of soil tested. We also conduct Waste Acceptance Criteria testing to identify Hazardous or Inert soil types, suitable for submission to waste carriers.
What is the process?
Upon your initial contact, we will be able to discuss the requirements of the soil testing and analysis to ascertain the required type of test.
We provide three different levels of soil testing and analysis:
ProHort will supply the soil sampling kit to the customer. The customer shall then follow the guidelines provided by ProHort, in order for them to take their soil sample from the area in question. The completed sample is sent back to ProHort using our courier service, the sample is tested, and the customer is provided with an accurate breakdown of the chemical composition of the soil, in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 Standards.
In addition to our Core service, the Analytical package provides the customer with a full report explaining how the soil analysis results compare to accepted levels. We will also offer our recommendations and any necessary remediation in relation to this.
In addition to our Analytical package, the comprehensive package includes our expert surveyor visiting the customer’s property to take the soil sample. While on-site, we will complete a visual assessment of the area and ascertain if there are any visual signs of higher concentration levels, as well as providing the customer with our surveyor’s expert opinion on alternative factors which could be contributing to the soil conditions.
Upon completion of the sample, you will be provided with a digital PDF report including the breakdown of the soil contents, corresponding analysis and any recommendations if applicable. The depth of details within this report depends upon the type of soil analysis requested. If you have purchased the analysis alongside a planting plan, we can also use these results to ensure that any plants recommended within the planting plan have a high chance of thriving in the conditions that are present.
Please see below for a breakdown of what you will receive upon completion of the soil testing and analysis. Please click here, to see a full list of the services we offer.