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Pesticide Screening

Pesticide Screening

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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

Aldrin, 4,4-DDE, Alpha-BHC, 4,4-DDT, Beta-BHC, Dieldrin, Gamma-BHC, Endrin, Delta-BHC, Heptachlor, Alpha-Chlordane, Gamma Chlordane, Endrin Aldehyde, Endrin Ketone, Endosulfan I, Endosulfan II, Endosulfan Sulfate, Methoxychlor, Heptachlor Epoxide, 4,4-DDD

Report comes with write-up.


A pesticides soil test is a critical examination conducted to evaluate the presence and concentration of pesticides in garden soil, focusing on potential risks to plant health. Pesticides, commonly used to manage pests in agriculture, can leave residues in the soil that may affect the growth and well-being of plants. This soil test provides insights into the levels of pesticides present, aiding gardeners and farmers in making informed decisions about pesticide application and soil management practices.

Process of Pesticides Soil Test: The procedure involves collecting soil samples from various locations within the garden, which are then analyzed in a laboratory. Specialized techniques are employed to detect and quantify the presence of different pesticides. The results help determine whether pesticide levels in the soil are within acceptable limits for plant health or if remedial actions are necessary.

Interesting Details about Pesticides in Garden Soil:

  1. Residual Effects on Plants: Pesticide residues in the soil can have residual effects on plants, impacting their growth and development. The persistence of these residues depends on factors such as the type of pesticide, soil composition, and environmental conditions.

  2. Effects on Soil Microorganisms: Pesticides can influence the abundance and diversity of soil microorganisms, potentially disrupting the soil ecosystem. This can have indirect effects on plant health by affecting nutrient cycling and other essential soil processes.

  3. Pesticide Degradation and Soil Health: Understanding the degradation of pesticides in soil is crucial for assessing their impact on plant health and overall soil quality. The degradation process, influenced by factors like temperature and microbial activity, plays a role in determining the longevity of pesticide residues.

  4. Runoff and Plant Exposure: Pesticides can be transported through runoff to nearby areas, posing a risk of exposure to plants beyond the treated area. This runoff can carry pesticides into the root zones of plants, potentially affecting their health.

  5. Resistant Pests and Plant Vulnerability: Prolonged and widespread use of certain pesticides can lead to the development of pesticide-resistant pests, impacting plant vulnerability. Recognizing and managing resistance is essential to maintain the effectiveness of pest control measures.

  6. Integrated Pest Management Strategies: The presence of pesticides in soil emphasizes the importance of exploring alternative pest control methods that prioritize plant health. Integrated pest management, including biological control and crop rotation, promotes sustainable practices to minimize the reliance on chemical pesticides.

  7. Soil and Plant Compatibility: Understanding the compatibility of pesticides with specific soil types and plant varieties is essential. Some plants may be more sensitive to certain pesticides, and knowledge of these interactions is crucial for maintaining plant health.

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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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