Our teaspoon of good soil teeming with microbial life averages about 20 bacteria-eating nematodes, 20 fungal feeders, and a few predatory and plant-eating nematodes, making the total number between 40 to 50 nematodes.
The number of fungi- versus bacteria-eating nematodes is directly related to the availability of the food sources they require.
— Teaming with Microbes - Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis

What our soil analysis includes

Taken at 100x total magnification. These nematodes were extracted from one of my mature compost batches and transferred to my new compost pile. Hopefully, more of them will reproduce in their new home.

  • Qualitative assessment of soil, compost, compost tea and extract

  • Total bacteria (including actinobacteria)

  • Total fungi

  • Total protozoa: flagellates, amoeba, ciliates

  • Total nematodes: bacterial-, fungal-, root-feeders and predatory

  • Short interpretation of the results

  • Brief recommendations as needed

Price per sample: $100.00 + GST

** Soil analysis results will be sent via email.  A physical copy can be mailed upon request **

Collecting Soil Samples

*** Please call first or fill out the request form below before sending us your samples.  This will gives us enough time to complete the testing. ***

Please note the following:

  • It is best to take soil samples in the fall or spring. Most soil organisms are dormant when soil temperature is less than 4° C.

  • Ship samples overnight in the summer

  • Please do not mail samples on a Friday. If possible, take the samples on the same day you send them.

  • We only need a sample from the top 2.5 - 10 cm (1 - 4 inches) of soil.

  • The volume of each sample depends on the size of the target area. Please include this information in the "Further Information" section below and we will get back to you as soon as as we can with recommendations.

Supplies needed:

  • An apple corer or any tool that can pull out 2.5 cm (1 in) diameter of soil and can go down at least 7.5 cm (3 in) deep.

  • Resealable sandwich bag

Support Documents:

Detailed instructions for collecting and sending soil samples for analysis:

Label for soil samples:

Soil FoodWeb Analysis Request Form

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