Testing Soil For Lead Content
Lead may reach potentially toxic levels in soils close to busy streets and highways or near old buildings where lead-based paint has peeled or been stripped off or where old
buildings have been demolished.
The main concern of high lead levels lies in human exposure, not vegetation.
Fruit and vegetable plants absorb very minimal traces of lead so concentration of lead levels are not a concern.
Play areas for children and pets are, however the main reason for concern for inspecting soil for lead contamination levels.
Lead is absorbed into the bloodstream of children in quantities 5 times greater than adults. Even low-levels of lead can be devastating to organs and the brain.