A beautiful lawn starts with a healthy soil!

Top Healthy Soil Resources

Use these tools to help you develop and maintain a healthy soil on your residential, commercial, or agricultural properties! Please also see our bibliography of soil health resources.

See soil in the news!! Check out this amazing article, “Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People!” that shows the interconnections between soil health and human health!

Jersey-Friendly Yards Website – Create a Healthy Yard and Garden Using Jersey-Friendly Plants and Practices

Jersey-Yards-Logo-ColorJersey-Friendly Yards, www.jerseyyards.org, launched in August, 2015, 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 native and Jersey-Friendly plants to choose from that are just right for the conditions in your yard or garden. Whether you have sandy  or clay soils, well-draining or poorly-draining soils, acidic or alkaline soils, sun or shade, there is a selection of Jersey-Friendly plants that will thrive in the specific conditions of your yard. Visit www.jerseyyards.org and learn how to create your own Jersey-Friendly landscape! Jersey Friendly Yards

I Heart Soil! www.iheartsoil.org

Soil is an amazing substance.  It is a complex mix of ingredients: minerals, air, water and organic matter – the countless micro-organisms and decaying remains of once living things.  Soil is made of life and soil makes life.

To the farmer, soil is where crops grow.It's easy to take soil for granted, yet it's one of the most importnat resources we have. Find out more at www.iheartsoil.org

To the engineer, soil is a foundation to build.

To the ecologist, soil supports and connects ecosytems.

To the archaeologist, soil holds clues to past cultures.

To craftspeople, like potters, soil provides clay to make things.

To the soil scientist, soil is ALL of these things.

Please also visit the Story Of Soil Campaign of PSA’s Website

Low Maintenance Landscaping for the Barnegat Bay Watershed

Low Maintenance Landscaping GuideLow Maintenance Landscaping for the Barnegat Bay Watershed is a guidebook developed specifically for residents of the Barnegat Bay watershed and Ocean County’s environment and conditions. Sandy and porous soils, salty air, and variable weather conditions all play an important role in determining the make-up and maintenance needs of the home yard and landscape. This comprehensive guidebook follows 8 simple steps offering effective horticultural techniques and methods which will help you establish your own low maintenance landscape. Which grass seed is most appropriate for our soil? How often and how much should I fertilize? How can I keep my soil and my plants healthy? Where do I get my soil tested? Which flowers and shrubs are best suited to my yard? The answers to these – and many more- questions are in this simple to follow manual. Establish a low maintenance landscape – and have more time to enjoy your yard!

Low Maintenance Landscaping for the Barnegat Bay Watershed

Low Maintenance Landscaping for Barnegat Bay Watershed (Online Interactive Version)

Quantities are Available FREE.  See order Form: Low Maintenance Order Form

Due to high demand the District is unable to deliver the Guidebooks to individual homes. For individual homeowners: If you would like a copy of the guidebooks mailed, please send a check in the amount of $5.00, (made payable to the Ocean Soil District) to the District office located at 714 Lacey Road Forked River NJ 08731. Fee is used to cover mailing costs.

Announcing: SPANISH TRANSLATION of the Low Maintenance Landscaping for the Barnegat Bay Watershed

Through the dedicated efforts of Georgian Court University student, Ms. Gisselle Meza, the Low Maintenance Landscaping for the Barnegat Bay Watershed guidebook is now available in Spanish, in electronic format.

Spanish Version of the Low Maintenance Landscaping Guide 2017

New Jersey Soil Health Assessment Guide

soilhealthguidecoverNJ 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 organic matter, and half pore spaces filled with water and air.  Completing this self assessed guide will enable you to provide background information about the condition of your soil.  It will serve to assist you in determining what you can do to sustain these important soil functions, and how you can assist in helping sustain all life above and below the surface.

NJ Soil Health Assessment Guide

NJ Soil Health Assessment Guide (Online Interactive Version)

Rutgers Green Infrastructure Guidance Manual for New Jersey

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 A B C ‘s of Soil Health

Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes. Healthy soils are vital living ecosystems that sustain plants, animals, and humans. We must manage our soils so that they are healthy for both ourselves and for future generations.

The ABCs of Soil Health will walk you through some of the amazing facts about soil’s role in supporting life on this planet, from A to Z, and what we can do to make sure that soil is healthy.

Impact of Soil Disturbance During Construction on Bulk Density and Infiltration in Ocean County, New Jersey

A study was conducted of undisturbed and disturbed urban soils in Ocean County, New Jersey, to investigate the impact on soil infiltration rates due to modification and compaction during construction operations, to examine if the effects are significant enough to alter the Hydrologic Soil Group (HSG) classification or Runoff Curve Number, and to provide additional guidance in the use of TR-55 for the design of structural stormwater management practices.

Click here to download a PDF version of this report.

Backyard Conservation

Backyard ConservationWhether you have acres in the country, an average-sized suburban yard, or a tiny plot in the city, you can help protect the environment and add beauty and interest to your surroundings. This colorful publication can get you started.

Printed copies of this colorful 28-page booklet on Backyard Conservation and tip sheets are available free by calling 1-888-LANDCARE (single copies only). This campaign is a cooperative project of the National Association of Conservation Districts , the Wildlife Habitat Council , National Audubon Society and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Soil Health Fact Sheets

Athletic Field Soil Quality Fact Sheet

Corporate Lawn Soil Health Fact Sheet

Cropland Soil Quality Fact Sheet

New Commercial Development Fact Sheet

Stormwater Basin Fact Sheet

The Online Watershed Library (OWL)

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The Online Watershed Library (OWL) is a service provided by the Center for Watershed Protection that allows ready access to Center publications and other resources (research papers, tools, and stormwater manuals, among others) that support best practices in watershed and stormwater management. OWL is a searchable, online database of basic information, stormwater and watershed manuals and plans, assessment tools, regulatory information, and other watershed-related resources. Users may also submit materials for inclusion in the OWL.

OWL was developed to be a time-saver for watershed and stormwater practitioners as it provides users access to a well-organized database of relevant and up-to-date information. Due to copyright protection, not all publications included in OWL are available for download and in such circumstances, a link to the publication is provided.
Here is Link: http://www.cwp.org/online-watershed-library-owl

“Back to School and Back to the Basics

“Dig Deeper: Mysteries of the Soil” 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 may find helpful as you plan outreach activities in your community. Please visit the NACD website for further information http://www.nacdnet.org/education

USDA/NRCS – Soil Health Theater

The USDA/NRCS Soil Health Theater has a library of videos from some of America’s top soil health experts and innovative soil health farmers. Video’s include demonstrations on soil health to videos featuring farmers who are farming with Soil Health Management Systems.  Season two: Digging Deeper: The Science of Soil Health coming soon! Check out the USDA/NRCS You Tube video on Under ‘cover’ farmers of Stanley County. This video followers three North Carolina farmers as they utilize soil health management systems on their respective farms.

Soil Health Webinar Series:

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002