They say spring is coming.  The idea of warmer weather gets us excited to get the garden ready and be on the lookout for green to replace the brown of our lawns.  One simple test now can lead to a more productive growing season.  For the seventh year, the Grand Lake Wabash Watershed Alliance, the Lake Improvement Association, and Helena Agronomic Center are partnering together to provide discounted lawn and garden soil samples.  Healthy soils are the start to beautiful lawns and gardens.  Understanding what the nutrient levels are in your soils is the first step.  
Stop by the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District office or the Helena Agronomic Center outside of Coldwater to get your coupons today.  For $5, you will be provided with a coupon for the soil sample, a soil collection bag, and informational brochures.  A soil probe is available to help collect soil samples.  Return the coupon and the soil sample to the Mercer Soil and Water office or Helena Agronomic Center and your results will be sent to you in a few weeks.  Questions? Call the Soil and Water office at 419-586-3289 or Helena Agronomic Center at 419-678-2267. 
A healthy soil includes bugs, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, good soil structure, and establishing good root systems to prevent soil erosion.  To learn more about soil health, visit Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Health Awareness Page at
So go dig around a bit and learn more about the earth beneath you.
Provided by Abbey Tobe, Watershed Coordinator