1. Dig a 20cm spadeful of soil at your sample location (this can be done with other spade tests). It may be useful to put the soil in a box or tray to make it easier to look through.
2. Look through the soil, pulling it apart with your hands, counting and recording photos of the insect pests spotted in your spadeful of soil.
3. Record the numbers of insects found in the notes and score your sample in Soilmentor based on the scale above.
4. Put the soil you dug up back down the hole once you’ve finished!
Watch the video below to see the soil insect score method in action!