As the snow and ice of the winter months slowly melt away this week, many of us will focus on the newly exposed lawn and landscape, inspecting it for winter damage or worse, and hoping to rectify any losses with spring seeding or replanting. But how many of us will actually "dig deeper" to learn more about the soil that supports everything we depend on for food and our environment?… Most people probably notice the different plants and trees found in a certain area before they would notice the soils, but for obvious reasons the two are interconnected. Did you know that there are about 85 named soils (series) throughout New Jersey? Have you tested your soils recently to see if your healthy soil is adding to your healthy environment? No, you say?… For those perhaps less tech savvy or who just may want the more local and personal touch, the Rutgers NJAES Soil Testing Laboratory is located on the G. H. Cook Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Soil Testing Laboratory is a service unit that offers chemical and mechanical analyses of soils for the residents of New Jersey and for Rutgers University researchers. Their mission is to provide accurate and timely soil and water test reports to meet the unique agricultural and environmental needs of our state.
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