Healthy soil is the key to a healthy environment!
Smart landscaping practices are essential to maintaining a healthy soil. Native plants, reduced fertilizer use, and an overall consciousness of soil quality are all important factors to becoming a key player in the health of the environment around you.
There are many excellent resources throughout New Jersey that will help give you a better understanding on how to maintain quality soil, as well as how to make gardening and landscaping much simpler and environment friendly.
Use these tools to help you develop and maintain a healthy soil on your residential, commercial, or agricultural properties!
Resources for a Healthy Garden, Yard and Landscape
- Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) “Soils Matter Get the Scoop” Newsletter / Blog
- New Jersey Soil Health Assessment Guide
- Low Maintenance Landscaping Guide for the Barnegat Bay Watershed
- Low Maintenance Landscaping guides – Order a box (50 printed guides) for your Garden Club, Environmental Club or community organization – FREE! Fill out this form – LML Order Form
- Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory – Soil Testing Instructions and Kit
- Rutgers County Extensions
- International Year of Soil – USDA information about the 2015
- NRCS soil health initiatives
- International Year of Soil, NRCS celebrates! The 68th General Assembly of the United Nations declared 2015 the International Year of Soils as a way to increase understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. Follow the links on the website for soil lesson plans and activities for Educators.
NRCS Celebrating the International Year of Soils
- The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) celebrated the International Year of Soils. Educational materials including lesson plans, activities, and information is offered to support IYS.
- USDA NRCS Web Soil Survey – access soil maps and data for just about anywhere in the country to use with your students.
- he Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History explores Dig It! The Secrets of Soil. Lesson Plans and activities are offered for Educators.
- Nutrients for Life Foundation offers From the Ground Up – The Science of Soil a website with activities for families and lesson plans for teachers.
- Soil Science Society of America – SSSA soil basics
- New Jersey Ag Society – Teacher Toolbox
- Soil Texture Pyramid and Texture Calculator
- Soil Texture Ribbon Test
- USDA NRCS On-the-Job Training Modules for those who want to dig a little deeper into understand soils!
- Earthworms as soil quality indicators
- Nutrients for Life educational videos “Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century”
- The Nature Conservancy On Solid Ground: Earth’s Soils Reveal Climate, Biodiversity and Food Security Solutions
- Rutgers Agricultural Extension, Soil for Raised Beds – Fact Sheet
Find out more about healthy soil in the context of the Soil Health Improvement Project SHiP at Jake’s Branch County Park in Beachwood, NJ.
Press and Media! See soil in the news!
This amazing article, “Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People!” that shows the interconnections between soil health and human health!
Soil Health Fact Sheets
The NRCS has also published several different Soil Health Fact Sheets, each providing information for specific land uses.
The PDF for each is available below:
- Soil Quality for the Athletic Field
- Converting Corporate Lawns to Native Plant Gardens
- Cropland Soil Quality
Posts From Our Blog Focused On Educating The Public About The Importance Of Soil Health.
Prepared by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, the Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey is intended to provide guidance for the identification, design and implementation of green infrastructure practices throughout New Jersey.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are placing a renewed emphasis on soil health. As children get ready to go back to school, we will also be thinking about public outreach and conservation activities for children of all ages. The following information includes resources and ideas that you
Another resource provided for the residents of Ocean County is the Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Ocean County. The Cooperative Extension provides a wealth of information about natural resources, agriculture, fisheries, the economy and various other important information from New Jersey. The Extension is also the hub for many environmentally conscious volunteer groups including the Master
Webinar Series #1: Soils 101, best management Practices and the Landscape Recording of First Webinar (September 25, 2015) Presentation by Fred Schoenagel Presentation by Stephanie Murphy Presentation by Eileen Miller Webinar Series #2: Soil Health, Planning, Development & Redevelopment Aspects Recording of the Second Webinar (October 30, 2015) Presentation by Brian Friedlich Presentation by Joseph
Jersey-Friendly Yards Website – Create a Healthy Yard and Garden Using Jersey – Friendly Plants and Practices
< Back to JFY Projects Jersey-Friendly Yards, jerseyyards.org, launched in August, 2015, was created by Barnegat Bay Partnership in 2015, and piloted by Ocean County Soil Conservation District. This website offers homeowners and gardeners simple tools to create a low maintenance, eco-friendly yard and garden. The website features a plant database consisting of over 300
Bibliography of References The research and compilation of this bibliography was funded, in part, through a Watershed Restoration Grant (CBT # RP07-057) through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the
NJ Soil Health Assessment Guide is offered as a tool for homeowners and gardeners to assist in assessing the health of their soil. Managed carefully, healthy soils support local communities through encouraging plant and animal production and sustaining water resources for future generations. Basically a healthy soil surface would consist of about half mineral and
Click here to see the full Program from the 2012 Soil Health Conference A complete list of links for all presentations at the Soil Conference can be found below. S.o.S. Sustainable Opportunities through Soil – May 30, 2012 Presentations Key Note 1 Dr. Elaine Ingham Soil Biologist and Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute What Goes