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There are many methods available for reducing heavy metals at their source–before they enter our food and bodies. Chemically engineered methods such as reverse osmosis, ion exchange, and chemical precipitation have been in use for a while, but there are also some emerging technologies that utilize the natural power of plants to absorb heavy metals directly from the environment. We cover treatment options at home and beyond in this follow-up guide to heavy metals and bioaccumulation.

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While some symptoms of plant disease are challenging to spot, chlorosis is not. Yellow–or chlorotic–leaves may be caused by a wide array of issues, which can make solving the problem confusing. Our guide to chlorosis can point you in the right direction and help you turn your droopy, yellow leaves back into the vigorous, green plants they were meant to be.

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Good news! Tap Score’s Home Soil Test has arrived! In our effort to inform you of the health of your everyday environment, we’re offering easy access to state-of-the-art soil testing for plant lovers, casual gardeners, and professional growers who want to maximize the full potential of their garden, potted plants, lawn, or farm. Not only does our new Home Soil Test tell you about the key indicators and nutrients in your soil, it also reports contaminants like lead and cadmium. What is soil health? Get the basics in our handy guide.

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All dirt is not created equal. Some soil needs a little help. Amendments are a great way to boost your soil’s health, which can in turn lead to healthier plants. This is where lime comes into play. And no, we're not talking about fruit! Lime amendments can help manage your soil's acidity and the health of your plants, flowers, and vegetables.

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In our second installment of The Dirt on Soil, we take a look at arsenic-contaminated soil. This guide explains how people get exposed to arsenic in soil, what arsenic means for your plant’s health, how to test for arsenic, and what to do about it.

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Soil: It's a complex amalgamation of organic material, water, minerals, and living organisms. Unfortunately, humans have (often unintentionally) made dirt “dirty.” Lead is one of the contaminants that can pollute soil–and subsequently the food you grow. Our Dirt on Soil blog is here to provide you with tips about what you can do with contaminated soil. 

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A great way to ensure healthy plants is to use the right water to nourish them. Water quality can impact your plants in a variety of ways, and this is even more important when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables. The things you grow in your vegetable garden presumably make it into your body. This not only means that clean water impacts your plants’ health, but it can have an effect on your health, as well. We’re here to explain: How water quality impacts your vegetable garden, what type of water you should you use to water your produce, and more!

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