• The Ministry of Public Works is advising that effective August 6, 2018, Blackwatch Pass will be closed to traffic so that construction works can be conducted. The closure will be for an extended period of time. While Blackwatch Pass is closed the public is encouraged to seek alternative routes to avoid delays.


  • The Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs is advising that beginning Friday, August 10 the Central Bus Terminal ticket kiosk in Hamilton will operate on an amended schedule. Read more

Test soil for growing suitability

The Plant Protection Laboratory (PPL) can test for soil fertility. The test provides information on pH and soluble salts. Both pH and soluble salts (salinity) are important in determining whether or not plants will grow. Soils with low soluble salts are generally safe for all plants and seedlings whereas very few plants will tolerate soils which are very saline.

Have your soil tested

To test your soil, you must provide a completed Soil Suitablity form.pdf.

Deliver a sample of soil or potting mix to be tested to the PPL. Please provide the equivalent amount of a filled Ziploc sandwich bag. Collect the sample from one to two inches below ground level in the area to be sampled. If more than one area is to be sampled ensure that one sample per bag is used and the bags are labelled.


  • Soil fertility test: $35