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Soil Microbes

Soil Microbes

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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 2 cups 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 4 and 8 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

Test includes:
Bacteria, Fungi, B:F, Nematodes, Ciliates, Amoebae, Flagellates. Total counts of each

Report comes with write-up and recommendations.

A soil microbes (soil food web) soil test is a comprehensive analysis aimed at understanding the composition and activity of the soil food web in garden soil. The soil food web refers to the intricate network of interactions among various microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and other small organisms, as well as the plants and animals in the soil environment. This test provides valuable insights into the health and vitality of the soil ecosystem, offering information that can guide gardeners in optimizing soil conditions for plant growth.

Process of Soil Microbes (Soil Food Web) Soil Test: The process involves collecting soil samples from different locations within the garden, which are then analyzed in a laboratory. Specialized techniques, including microscopy, are often employed to identify and quantify the various components of the soil food web. The results provide a snapshot of the diversity and abundance of soil microorganisms.

Interesting Details about Soil Food Web in Garden Soil:

  1. Microbial Diversity and Plant Health: A diverse and thriving soil food web is essential for plant health. Different microorganisms play specific roles in nutrient cycling, disease suppression, and the breakdown of organic matter. High microbial diversity often correlates with improved soil fertility and plant resilience.

  2. Nutrient Cycling and Soil Fertility: Soil microbes are crucial for nutrient cycling, breaking down organic matter into essential nutrients that plants can absorb. This process contributes to soil fertility and ensures a continuous supply of nutrients for plant growth.

  3. Mycorrhizal Relationships: Mycorrhizal fungi form symbiotic relationships with plant roots, enhancing nutrient absorption by extending the root system. This partnership is particularly important for the health of many plants, including trees, shrubs, and agricultural crops.

  4. Predatory Microorganisms: The soil food web includes predatory microorganisms such as nematodes and protozoa that feed on bacteria and other microbes. These predators help control the populations of harmful organisms, contributing to natural pest suppression.

  5. Decomposition and Organic Matter Breakdown: Bacteria and fungi in the soil food web play a key role in decomposing organic matter like plant residues. This breakdown releases nutrients back into the soil, supporting future plant growth, and contributes to the formation of humus, improving soil structure.

  6. Indicator of Soil Health: The soil food web serves as an indicator of soil health. A balanced and diverse community of microorganisms reflects a healthy and well-functioning soil ecosystem. Imbalances in the soil food web can be indicative of nutrient deficiencies, soil compaction, or other issues.

  7. Effects of Chemical Inputs: The use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides can impact the balance of the soil food web. Some chemicals may harm beneficial microorganisms, leading to disruptions in nutrient cycling and potentially compromising plant health.

  8. Resilience to Environmental Stress: A robust soil food web enhances the soil's resilience to environmental stress, including drought and disease. Healthy soils with a diverse microbial community can better support plants during challenging conditions.

  9. Composting and Soil Microbes: Incorporating compost into the soil introduces a wealth of microorganisms, promoting a healthy soil food web. Compost provides organic matter and a diverse microbial community, contributing to improved soil structure and fertility.

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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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