SOIL TESTING FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
"YOUR NUTRITION PROGRAM"
How can I purchase "Your Nutrition Program"?
Your Nutrition Program is included with the purchase of a Verified Soil Test Kit. Kits are available exclusively through these retailers.
How can retailers get involved in this program?
If you are a retailer looking to sell Verified Soil Test Kits at your location, please contact us using this form. We would love to hear from you!
What is "Your Nutrition Program"?
Soil test results from a professional laboratory.
Shopping List of specific products suited to the individual needs of your soil.
Monthly maintenance schedule for your intended end use.
Detailed product use guidelines.
When can I expect to find this program in my area?
Can I substitute for the products on my Shopping List?
What will happen if I treat my entire property as one sample area?
When can I start?
Your Nutrition Program can be started at any time! Refer to the month-to-month schedule on your report to get an idea of where to jump in. There is no bad time to submit your soil sample to the lab, we test all year round.
A&L RESIDENTIAL SOIL REPORT
How do I get products if I don't live in Southwestern Ontario?
Homeowners outside of the pilot area can still get their soil tested by A&L Canada Labs. Find your submission form here. Your test package will include suggested nutrient rates. However, these will need to be converted in order to determine suitable fertilizer products.
Where can I find fertilizer products with the proper analysis?
Many products on the market today - especially in the case of lawn fertilizers - are heavily focussed on nitrogen. To find products that will address phosphorus, potassium or magnesium requirements (without overloading with nitrogen) you may need to contact a farm supplier.
Where can I find the Residential Soil Submission Form?
"Your Nutrition Program"
How many samples should I submit?
Can I treat my lawn soil and flower beds as one area?
We would not recommend it. Different types of plants have their own requirements in terms of nutrition, organic matter content, pH, etc. Therefore, treating them as the same area may yield inaccurate results.
How do I submit my soil sample to the lab?
How do I use my report to select fertilizer products?
Your Soil Report indicates the need for potassium (K) at a rate of 218 lbs/ac.
Divide by 43.56 to convert to 5 lbs/1000 ft2. This is your annual total for potassium.
If a 50 lb bag of fertilizer is made up of 20% potassium, you will multiply 50 by 0.20 to find the amount of potassium in the bag. In this case, the bag would contain 10 lbs of potassium.
Remember, you only need 5 lbs for the growing season. Multiply the size of the bag (50 lbs) by the required amount of potassium (5 lbs/1000 ft2) and divide by the amount of potassium in the total bag (10 lbs). This will give you your annual application rate of 25 lbs/1000 ft2.
Be aware, however, that getting enough of one nutrient may mean that you will go overboard on another. You will need to be strategic in your choice of product(s) in order to find the closest match. Too much of a good thing can be just as detrimental as too little.
Can I apply all of my fertilizer at once?
The simple answer is, no.
Nitrogen (N) - 0.5 to 1 lb per 1000ft2
Phosphate (P2O5) - 1 to 2 lbs per 1000ft2
Potash (K2O) - 0.5 to 2 lbs per 1000ft2
SOIL TEST KIT
Why can't I order a Soil Test Kit online?
In order to follow Your Nutrition Program, you will need to have access to the right products. The products on your Shopping List are exclusively available through the retailers who carry Soil Test Kits.
How many soil samples are included with the Soil Test Kit?
Each kit is good for ONE sample. If you would like to test a second area, please purchase an addition kit.
Where can I find a Soil Test Kit?
Where can I find the N-P-K rating of the products on my Shopping List?
Descriptions and analysis for the Verified product lineup can be found here.
Why is the N-P-K recommendation not included on "Your Nutrition Program"?
In most cases, the required ratio of nutrients cannot be satisfied by a single fertilizer product. To make things easier for you, we have taken that ratio and converted it into a combination of blended products (Activate, Fortify, etc).