Landscape Testing and Consultancy
We work closely with our clients to understand the condition of their existing landscape through a range of testing and visual observations. We define goals and objectives, working towards these through the application of regenerative principles.
Whether you manage a small back garden or larger scale farm, if you are interested in learning more about applying regenerative principles to your landscape, get in touch to book an initial site visit, free of charge.
Below is our suite of tests that we have available through local laboratories and our trusted UK partners. We can also set up a bespoke suite depending on the landscape and criteria.
Soil Food Web Accredited Biological Analysis
Performed by The Soil Farm to determine the biological profile and suited function of the land or soil being worked.
Soil Life Monitor Analysis
Performed by our lab partners, this analysis measures phospholipid fatty acids. By measuring and quantifying the PLFAs, it is possible to obtain a fingerprint of the soil food web.
Basic Soil Analysis
A simple analysis to determine pH and available macro nutrients in the soil.
Gold Assessment Soil Analysis
A comprehensive test designed to better understand the chemistry of the soil, including the mineral profile and availability, the active pH, organic matter and carbon.
This test serves as a valuable benchmark from which to base decisions and record progress. The Soil Farm will collect and prepare samples for our trusted UK lab partner and prepare you a detailed report from the results.
A test to measure what nutrients are readily available within the plant (similar to a human blood test). This gives us an accurate review of what is required by the plant, before deficiency symptoms are visible.
Testing for potentially toxic elements in the soil, which is especially important in food and grazing applications. We typically test for Copper, Zinc, Cadmium, Lead, Nickel, Mercury, Chromium, Molybdenum, Selenium, Arsenic, Fluoride
Our comprehensive test screens for over 200 commercial pesticides, fungicides and herbicides in soil or produce samples – this does not include Glyphosate or acidic herbicides which we test for separately
Perhaps indicative of the prevalence of glyphosate usage, it has a test all of its own 🙁
We test for residual glyphosate in soil or produce samples
Acidic Herbicides Only
Testing for the prevalence of clopyralid and other acidic herbicides. Clopyralid is another persistent toxic chemical which is very widely used, especially in horse feeds and bedding. This is most common in composts and soils that have been mixed with horse manures.
We apply a number of different principles in our consultancy work to encompass a truly holistic framework that takes into account not only the land function, but the people who engage with it, the environmental impact and future generations.
More often than not, Soil that has been worked to any extent will have been depleted in some way needing a little help in the right direction.
We offer a number of inoculation applications and amendments to return biology and nutrients back where they should be. We build our own ‘super stack’ composts for specialist extract applications, taking the best of the product into a liquid suspension that is applied to the soil. A little can go a very long way.
We also offer a number of biological applications from trusted companies to target specific areas of concern. Understanding your soils current position is key to knowing which applications are suitable. We are here to answer any questions, better still book a site visit using the link above.