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Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals

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Sampling instructions

1. Using a clean bucket and a shovel, collect three samples to a depth of 6 inches in random spots in the defined area*. Avoid sampling when soil is very wet.

2. Break up any clods of soil, remove rocks, stones, sticks and plant matter, and thoroughly homogenize soil together in the bucket.

3. Take out one cup of soil and place into plastic bag and label with a sample ID (i.e., Stevie's front yard), type of test, and order number (found in order confirmation email).

4. Purchase your test on our website and send sample to Alluvial Soil Lab, 201 E Center St, Ste 112 #3083, Anaheim, CA 92805 using any postal carrier of your choice.

Turnaround time is typically between 8 and 11 business days. Results will be sent via email.

*To ensure a comprehensive soil assessment in your land, it's recommended to take one composite soil sample for every 1,000 square feet of garden space. This composite sample is created by collecting smaller soil samples from different locations within the 1,000 square feet area, allowing for a representative analysis of the soil's characteristics.

**Always wear gloves, mask, or other necessary PPE while collecting samples from potentially contaminated soils.

Advanced details

Turnaround time is approximately 6-10 business days

Report comes with write-up and recommendations.

A heavy metals soil test is a crucial analysis conducted to assess the concentration of various heavy metals present in soil. Testing for heavy metals can provide valuable information for gardeners, farmers, and environmental scientists, helping them make informed decisions about soil management, crop selection, and potential environmental risks.

Here are some interesting details about heavy metals in garden soil:

  1. Sources of Heavy Metals: Heavy metals can enter the soil through various sources, including industrial activities, agricultural practices, and the use of certain fertilizers and pesticides. Understanding the sources is essential for implementing effective soil management strategies.

  2. Impact on Plants: Heavy metals can adversely affect plant growth by disrupting physiological processes, inhibiting nutrient uptake, and causing oxidative stress. 

  3. Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification: Heavy metals can undergo bioaccumulation, where they accumulate in the tissues of living organisms, and biomagnification, where the concentration of these metals increases as they move up the food chain. 

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  • Wilson H.

    I recently started a garden at a community plot, and wanted to know what was in my soil, so I could make more targeted amendments. Jake walked me through how to do so, and after sending my samples in...(read more)

  • Noah M.

    As a professional in the field I very much appreciate the timely and detailed report, along with skilled follow up communications. I will certainly use Alluvial Soil Lab's services again.

  • PSA C

    I recently moved to a property with a vineyard, and wanted to know what type of fertilizers to use and how much to apply. So I did a soil test. I was new to soil testing and with Jake's help and instructions, I was able to successfully collect…(read more)

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