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Soil Remediation Calculator

Have the results of your soil test ready to input into the soil remediation calculator. If certain key indicators, such as low organic matter levels are present in your soil, it may be recommended to remediate your soil. Follow the input parameters below and use the help icons, Soil Glossary and Soil Remediation Protocols to aid you in assessing your soil.

The Process

Get started
Step 1
Get started
Collect soil samples
Step 2
Collect soil samples
Enter results
Step 3
Enter results
Tree recommendation
Step 4
Tree recommendation
Results and Sharing
Step 5
Results and Sharing

Step 1

Get started
  • Visit your site – identify any major urban features (i.e. power lines, proximity to roads, space existing for planted trees to grow outwards and upwards, etc.) and take note of vegetation and trees already present on or near the site. Also try to observe or test how quickly water tends to drain, sun exposure, salt spray or soil salt exposure and other environmental factors that can influence tree growth and survival.
  • Acquire locates for soil sampling
  • Although soil sampling is highly recommended, if you are not planning on sampling and would like tree species recommendations, skip directly to Step 4.

Step 2

Collect soil samples
  • You just need some simple tools and a sampling plan to get started! Click ‘Read More’ and ‘Watch Video’ for detailed instructions.
  • Although collecting and testing your soil adds an additional step, it represents an important process that can be used to assess your soil quality and health prior to planting. Soil quality and health are important characteristics to understand, as they will dictate the establishment and long-term success of your planting. Click 'Accredited Labs' below for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs recommended laboratories to analyze your soil. 

Step 3

Enter results

Have the results of your soil test ready to input and click on ‘Go to Calculator’. If certain key indicators, such as low organic matter levels, are present in your soil, it may be recommended to remediate your soil. To understand our remediation process, click 'Watch Video' and 'Soil Remediation Protocols'. To understand why soil is important and the type of soil analysis that should be conducted, click 'Soil Glossary'. 

Step 4

Tree recommendation

Based on a range of site and tree species characteristics you can find out which trees are the best candidates for planting on your site. Click on 'Tree Glossary' for more information on the terms used in the Tree Species Selector.

Step 5

Results and Sharing

Share your remediation plan with your colleagues and friends! Also obtain a detailed print-out of your plan that you can take out into the field with you.