Understanding Results

Test results can help you understand more about your soil. Results showing levels of lead or other chemicals can help you find areas that need attention so that you can keep the contaminants away from people with healthy gardening practices. Other tests can tell you more about the pH of your soil, levels of nutrients or organic matter, or other properties important for growing healthy plants.

If you have tested your soil for lead or other metals, comparing results to both soil background concentrations and health-based guidance values can be helpful. For lead in particular, there is no “safe” level, but these comparisons can help you understand more about possible risks so that you can make more informed decisions to keep yourself and your family healthy.

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If you have not already visited it, our Soil Contaminants page directs you to more information as well.