In order to identify the real causes of plant or soil based health issues, Soilsmart use and have developed a unique and effective range of soil and plant analyses which include: soil chemistry, plant sap, soil & plant biology and water analysis All tests come with a comprehensive and understandable report and a suggested course of action.
SAP Analysis: Our plant SAP Analysis is a novel but valuable diagnostic tool able to detect and correct plant deficiencies that other methods have been unable to. Unlike other techniques, Sap analysis assesses one of the most integral and primary functions of plants, because it measures both the result and efficiency of photosynthesis. The carbohydrates produced via photosynthesis are used for a wide variety of internal metabolic plant functions and are the plants’ preferred food source. It is estimated that 90% or more of all material produced by the plant, results directly from the process of photosynthesis. Plant Sap analysis is particularly useful in identifying and assessing the affects that damaged or compromised root systems can have on plant health. Most importantly, our SAP analysis provides an assessment of some of those basic, natural process that occur within the plant such as carbohydrate production. The timely and regular measurement of plant SAP can not only provide trends in terms of plant performance and nutrient balance, but it has also proven to be an extremely quick and useful method of gauging the potential for plant health issues. In fact, plant SAP analysis has provided a unique preview of plant health issues enabling the management of potential problems like insect or fungal attack, or nutritional deficiencies before they become obvious. Strategically, the process of photosynthesis can and should be checked leading into any period of potential stress. Similarly, Sap analysis can be very useful testing plants prior to dormancy to ensure they are producing and storing sufficient carbohydrates to ensure a strong return in the Spring. Soil Analysis: Our approach to Soil analysis is to achieve the best soil nutrient/mineral balance for any particular site. Our methodology has been designed to provide as much usable information as possible, it uses a combination Albrecht and Reams analyses to assess the status of the soil. One of the key differences of this method is the assessment of 'plant available' nutrients - different extraction methods are used to reveal not only total nutrient levels but also levels of plant availability. Being able to accurately assess ‘plant availability’ can be critically important for minerals such as Phosphorus, Iron and Manganese which are easily bound in the soil and can become limited in terms of their availability to the plant. Our soil analyses are conducted in NATA accredited laboratories to ensure the highest level of accuracy and uniformity. Biological Soil analysis: Soil analysis is just one piece of the puzzle and once again like nearly everything that happens in nature, it needs to be in balance because unless key minerals are in a reasonable balance, the plant will suffer. Unfortunately, optimising soil balance and eliminating any obvious deficiencies doesn’t automatically result in better plant health because without an active soil biomass and an effective root system the soil is just a reservoir of ‘potentially available’ nutrients. Through our biological assessments we are able to review the overall biological status of the soil, again concentrating on balance but also on beneficial vs antagonistic organisms. We are able to assess nematode populations either as a precautionary task or as a result of root damage. Once again there is a need for balance within the nematode group so we are assess the entire population, rather than simply looking at the antagonistic species.