What is a soil analysis?
A soil 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 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.
What is the process?
Upon your initial contact, we will be able to discuss the requirements of the soil analysis to ascertain the required type of test.
One of our expert consultants will then visit the site and take a sample of the soil – this usually consists of a number of samples being taken from different locations on the site to ensure a good representation of the site as a whole is taken. By visiting the site, our consultants can also identify any alternative factors that may affect the soil contents and any plants on the site providing you with recommendations on how to mitigate these effects. Alternatively, if you are looking to keep the costs involved to a minimum, we can send the soil sample pack directly to you to take a sample and send back to us.
Upon completion of the sample, the analysis of the soil will then be carried out and 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 analysis. Please click here, to see a full list of the services we offer.