Essential Soil Test
Happy plants need healthy soil. You can buy the most beautiful flowers or fancy seeds, but if your soil isn’t healthy then you’ll be asking the same, sad question over and over again, “Why is my plant dying?”
Tap Score's Essential Soil Test gives you access to state-of-the-art laboratory soil testing from the comfort of your home. You’ll receive (1) university-driven lab testing (2) Quantified test results and (3) personalized soil health reporting and advice.
Click Here for an example Tap Score Soil Report Card.
How does it work?▾
Soil Testing Package Delivered To You
We'll send your sampling materials and instructions to you by mail.
What's In Your Test Package
For each soil sample:
- 1x Geological soil sampling bag, made of an unfinished woven poly-cotton
- 1x Sterile whirl-pak waterproof easy wrap-down bag
- 1x Tap Score Soil Sampling Instruction Manual
- 1x Tap Score Soil Sample Information Card
Conduct Your Soil Sampling
Follow the included directions to collect proper soil samples using the materials in your box.
Ship it Back
Send your samples back to the testing facility following the included instructions.
Quantified Results Sent by Email
The lab will analyze your samples and report results back to you by email. Your soil report will contain quantified concentrations, as well as fertilizer recommendations and growing tips (if you need them)!
Professional Support Included
If you have questions or want to understand something in more detail, we’re always standing by with engineers, scientists, and gardeners ready to help.
What does this test for?▾
Each Tap Score Essential Soil Test package includes sampling materials for one (1) soil sample including macro- and micronutrients, as well as heavy metals and other vital soil health characteristics – such as pH, and organic matter.
These characterizations allow us (and you) to figure out what is missing, what is wrong, and ultimately how to improve your soil quality and your plants’ health. We will guide you in your decision-making process about restoring your soil's health based on your lab results.
Indicates your soil’s acidity or alkalinity on a scale of 0 to 14.
Cation Exchange Capacity
Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) is the calculated value that estimates a soil’s ability to attract, retain, and exchange cations (positively charged ions). Many nutrients exist as cations, therefore CEC helps indicate a soil's ability to supply important plant nutrients.
Percent Base Saturation
Percent base saturation is the percentage of the CEC occupied by calcium, magnesium, and potassium cations. Values can indicate issues related to potassium concentration or soil acidity.
Lime Buffering Capacity
Lime buffering capacity (LBC) signifies a soil’s ability to resist a pH change. Expressed as weight of pure lime (CaCO3) needed to raise the pH of one kg of soil by one unit, LBC can be used to calculate the amount of agricultural lime required to reach a target pH.
The amount of plant and animal residue present in your soil is known as Organic Matter (OM). This is reported as percent of total soil.
Nitrate as Nitrogen (NO3-N)
Nitrate is critical to plant growth and production. The nitrate measured is soluble and readily available for your plants to uptake as fertilizer.
Phosphorus, Potassium, Nitrogen, Calcium.
Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc.
Lead is a heavy metal that can accumulate in soil and be taken up by plants. It is toxic to humans, animals, and most other lifeforms.