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Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals

Assesses 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.

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Report includes:

  1. Graphs and data analysis.
  2. A 15-minute phone consultation with one of our soil scientists.

Determining How to Clean Up Heavy Metals:

Sources of Heavy Metals: The report will thoroughly examine the sources of heavy metals in your soil, which can include industrial activities, agricultural practices, and the application of certain fertilizers and pesticides. Understanding these sources is paramount for implementing effective soil management strategies.

Impact on Plants: A detailed analysis will be provided regarding how heavy metals can negatively impact plant growth. This includes disrupting physiological processes within plants, inhibiting nutrient uptake, and inducing oxidative stress, all of which can significantly impair plant health and productivity.

Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification: The report will delve into the concepts of bioaccumulation and biomagnification of heavy metals. Bioaccumulation refers to the accumulation of these metals in the tissues of living organisms, while biomagnification describes the process by which the concentration of heavy metals increases as they move up the food chain. Understanding these phenomena is crucial for comprehending the broader ecological implications of heavy metal contamination in your soil.

      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.

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      Turnaround time is approximately 3-7 business days

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      • Wilson H.

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        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.

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        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.

      • Zakary S.

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        Great support and detailed report. Helped advise what options we had to plant trees! Plants are doing incredible!(read more)

      • Peggy C.

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        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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