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Home Owners

AFL offers homeowners a Residential Lawn and Garden Soil Fertility Package to help you take steps in maintaining healthy soil for your lawn and garden. Our Residential Lawn and Garden Fertility Package report includes recommendations outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.  

The Residential Lawn & Garden Fertility Package is $43.40 per sample and includes:  

  • Soil pH (buffer for pH<6.1)
  • Phosphorus (sodium bicarbonate)
  • Potassium 
  • Magnesium (ammonium acetate)
  • Total salts
  • Organic matter 

If you are seeking advice on pests and plant diseases found in and around the home, please contact your local Garden Centre.  You may also wish to visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs “Online Gardener’s Handbook”

Please find below links for information regarding the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and the Spotted Wing Drosophila.


Brown Marmorated Stink Bug:


Spotted Wing Drosophila:


Sample Collection Instruction for Residential Lawn & Garden Fertility Package


The lab requires 300g (3/4 lb) of sample collected from the top 15 cm (6 inches) of soil. Sample(s) can be put into a new, unused sandwich sized plastic bag. Please place the bags into a box for shipping to avoid splitting in transit.  


Please complete a sample submission form and include it with your sample(s). Ship samples to The University of Guelph, Agriculture and Food Laboratory, 95 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 8J7. The standard turn around time for this analysis is 10 business days from receipt of sample(s).  Please include a cheque for the cost of testing made out to the University of Guelph. This testing is HST exempt. 


Please Note that due to import restrictions, soil can not be sent to Canada without import permits. An import permit can take several weeks to obtain and has a financial commitment that would be applied to testing.


Submission form - Please contact Customer Service if you require additional information.