Healthy soil is the cornerstone of a productive home garden or farmland. As a home gardener or farmer, it is important to gain an understanding of the biological, physical and chemical interactions that govern soil and plant health. One of the most crucial factors in ensuring optimum fertility is mineral balancing. It is known that some minerals inhibit the uptake of others, some stimulate the uptake of others and, at high levels, some minerals even limit their own uptake. With the myriad of interactions between minerals, it can be a daunting task to try to achieve the optimal balance.
Research has shown that plants grown in mineral balanced soils are nutrient-dense and full of vitality. Our Soil Testing service allows you to bypass the guesswork. This comprehensive report explains the mineral levels in your soil, while also assessing mineral ratios, organic matter, pH and soil structure. Based on this information, a customised fertiliser blend can be tailored to improve your soil, along with an easy-to-follow plan of action to get your land flourishing.
Arrange a full Albrecht Soil Test
SELECTING AN AREA TO SAMPLE
Samples must be collected within the one soil type and have similar paddock history. Avoid recently fertilised areas, manure and urine patches, old fence lines, old animal pens, old building sites, gullies and other areas that are not typical of the field being sampled.
Collect sub-samples from 15 – 20 sites, within 8 hectares or less, to a depth of 15 cm with a soil probe or auger. If these tools are not available, accurate samples can be taken with a spade, as follows: Ensure the sampling tool is rust free, cleaned and gloves are worn to remove anything that could contaminate the soil sample. Dig a hole to 15 cm deep, then take a slice of soil from top to bottom. Remove a uniform section about 3 – 4 cm wide from the top to the bottom of the slice. It is very important to sample uniformly down the soil profile. Too much surface soil compared to deeper soil will give inaccurate data and may lead to inappropriate fertiliser advice.
• Mix the sub-samples together thoroughly in a clean plastic bucket, then take a representative sample of approximately 450 grams.
• If the soil is wet, send 20% more to allow for water weight, or air dry the soil before packaging.
• Send the sample (preferably in a zip lock bag) together with accompanying letter showing customer name, field name and the crop, to the below address
FAO Connor Murphy
4 Park Business Centre
• Cost is £105+vat per sample. For customers wishing to pay by bank transfer or cheque, please contact email@example.com. Alternatively you can prepay by Debit or Credit Card using our online store.
• Do not write directly on plastic, as writing can rub off in transit. Use a permanent marker.
• Do not put the label in the bag with the soil, as it may absorb moisture from the sample and become illegible.
• Once sample is sent, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming customer details and number of samples sent so we can track them for you.
• Please allow for a turnaround period of 4–6 weeks from receipt of soil samples.