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Lawn and Garden Soil Fertility
AFL offers homeowners a Residential Lawn and Garden Soil Fertility Package to help you take steps in maintaining healthy soil for your lawn and garden. Our Residential Lawn and Garden Fertility Package report includes recommendations outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.
The Residential Lawn & Garden Fertility Package is $65.65 per sample (effective May 1, 2023 to April 30, 2024) and includes:
- Soil pH (buffer for pH<6.1)
- Total salts
- Organic matter
Please note that our methods are designed for mineral soils and are not suitable for growing media/potting soil that includes perlite or vermiculite.
If you are seeking advice on pests and plant diseases found in and around the home, please contact your local Garden Centre. You may also wish to visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs “Online Gardener’s Handbook”.
Sample Collection Instruction for Residential Lawn & Garden Fertility Package
The lab requires approx. 300g (3/4 lb) of soil per sample collected from the top 15 cm (6 inches) of soil. Sample(s) can be put into a new, unused sandwich sized plastic bag. Please place the bags into a box for shipping to avoid splitting in transit.
Please complete a General Sample Submission Form and include it with your sample(s). Please write "Lawn & Garden Fertility Package" in the Analysis Requested field of the submission form.
Ship samples to:
Agriculture and Food Laboratory
95 Stone Road West
The turn around time for this analysis is 15-20 business days from receipt of sample(s) at the lab. Please include a cheque for the cost of testing made payable to the University of Guelph. This testing is HST exempt.
PLEASE NOTE: due to import restrictions, we cannot accept soil samples from outside Canada.
Please find below links to information and bulletins on the following pests:
Please contact us if you require additional information.
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