Soil Test

Nothing tells us more about the health of our soils than a survey of its microbiology -- what organisms are crawling around in there, and how many?

Our soil assessment generates population estimates of the major trophic groups of soil organisms:

  • Bacteria

  • Fungi

  • Protozoa

  • Nematodes

  • Microarthropods

We also count the various organism types within these groups. This allows an assessment of:

  • Organism diversity

  • Beneficial/aerobic vs. non-beneficial/anaerobic organisms

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For a sample of our assessment report, click here

For credit card payment, use the menu below, or just call us at (530) 648-0694.

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Pulling a Sample

The first thing you need is a coring tool – a large-size apple corer works well. Always collect samples when soil is moist, preferably when moisture has been present for several days. Clear any surface material from a small patch (a square-inch will do), and insert the corer. Twist and pull up, and you should have a 'core' of two to three inches. Shake it gently into a resealable plastic bag.


Choose a name for the sample (say, “orchard NW corner 1”), and write it: 

  • on the bag with a permanent marker 

  • on the sample submission form (link above)

Selecting Sample Locations

To examine biology in the root zone of a particular plant, sample from midway between its stem/trunk and dripline. Pull three cores from around the plant (or grouping of plants), and combine for a single sample.

 

To survey a broader area (pasture, crop field, garden, etc.) separate the area into zones – based on geography, prevailing conditions, variance in dominant plant type, plant health, etc. – and sample each area.

Shipping Your Samples

Arrange samples gently in a sturdy cardboard box. If there is extra space, add packaging material to prevent jostling en route. Add a completed submission form with payment (or pay with credit card below), and ship overnight to:

    Foothill Biological
     Soil Health Services
    111 Bank St. #188
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

To help ensure prompt processing, alert us with an e-mail before shipping.
Any questions, just drop us a line or give us a call.

Foothill Biological

Soil Health Services

111 Bank St. #188

Grass Valley, CA 95946

(530) 648-0694

info@foothillbiological.com

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