Gold service - £199

Our most comprehensive 

soil testing package

The more tests on a soil the greater the better it can be managed & looked after.

The Gold Service assesses nutrient levels, organic matter, water relations & soil characteristics. 


This soil analysis package is perfect for:

  • finding out about a new garden

  • developing new features

  • establishing redesigns

  • success with specialist plant collections

  • those who are enthusiastic to learn more about their soil

This Service includes:

Clear, easy to understand report with results, explanation & guidance

Soil pH

Determines level of soil acidity, which governs nutrient availability to plants.

Soil water retention

The volume of water a soil holds against gravity. Has important implications for soil management & irrigation.

Soil texture

Proportion of sand-, silt- & clay-sized particles. This information significantly aids cultivation.

Lime requirement

Amount of lime needed to reduce soil acidity, thus increasing fertility on acid soils.

Organic matter

The amount of organic matter in a soil provides many benefits to soil heath & cultivation.


Measures level of soluble salts in soil. Provides a useful metric for the health of heavily fertilised & heavily irrigated soils.

Phosphorus (P)

Vital nutrient for leaf & root growth, insufficient stunts plant growth.

Potassium (K)

Essential nutrient-short supply affects many plant functions, but excess alters the root’s ability to take up other nutrients.

Magnesium (Mg)

Important for the green plant pigment, chlorophyll. Helps the uptake of soil phosphorus. Excess potassium causes magnesium deficiency.

Calcium (Ca)

Low levels cause stunted growth, high levels reduce uptake of other nutrients.

Aluminium (Al)

Excess aluminium reduces plant’s ability to use phosphate. Phosphate starvation cannot be fixed by adding more phosphate.

Chloride (Cl)

No evidence chloride is required for plant growth. However, it can be harmful.

Copper (Cu)

Small, but essential amounts needed for growth.  Soils high in iron, molybdenum & sulphur can prevent copper uptake in some animals.

Iron (Fe)

Small amounts of iron are essential for plant nutrition. Shortages cause leaves to yellow.

Manganese (Mn)

Deficiency can occur on alkaline soils, where plant leaves can yellow and die. Toxicity can have similar symptoms but on acidic soils.

Sulphur (S)

Sulphur deficiency causes a pale green/yellow leaf colour. Younger leaf tips can die.

Ammonia, Nitrate & Nitrite

These tests highlight nitrogen availability. They are available on freshly sampled soil (under 24 hours - plot to lab). Older samples tend to provide less reliable results due to bacterial processes.

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