Soil Heavy Metal Testing

These soil heavy metal testing packages are designed for gardens and urban farms (more comprehensive testing is available at https://swel.osu.edu/testing/soil). Heavy metal screening is recommended for sites that are urban, industrial, within 10 feet of a current or former structure that was built before 1960, or have an unknown history.

Soil heavy metal test results include an interpretation and recommendation (Example Report).  Interpretations for soil lead results are also given in Interpreting Garden Lead Test Results. Only lead, arsenic, and cadmium are reported, as these are the most common metals of concern in urban areas. However, selenium, mercury, zinc, copper, and nickel will also be evaluated. These metals will be reported only if a soil is contamianted. 

Heavy Metal Screen Package

Screen for the most common urban contaminants: lead, arsenic, and cadmium

Complete Urban Garden Package   Nutrients+ Heavy Metal Screen                                            

Organic Matter, Available Phosphorus, Exchangeable Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Soil pH, Buffer pH, Cation Exchange Capacity, Percent Base Saturation of Cation Elements, and X-ray fluorescence screening for the most common urban contaminants: lead, arsenic, and cadmium

To order testing, see the Sample Submission page.