Germs at the Gym

Check out this news story investigation. This is an interesting report. Some of the results are very disturbing. Look at the areas that were swabbed and see the results for yourself. Always wipe down equipment before and after. Make sure you always wash your hands.  Take proper precautions and you should be able to combat

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Planting a Tree

Check out this article! Plant a tree, but do it right! This article gives you complete step by step instructions. (Only 7 steps) Very easy to read and understand. It is important that we continue to look for ways to rebuild our tree population. On April 24, 2015 we celebrated Arbor Day. If you are

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Sulfate Free Shampoos

There is a real debate out there about sulfate ingredients contained in shampoos. Some articles go so far as to say it can cause cancer. The FDA has not banned sulfate from shampoos and sulfate, (commonly known as salt) gives shampoo its foaming attributes and cleaning ingredients. The following graphic outlines some of the attributes

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Soil Temps and Safe Planting

Everyone keeps looking up at the sky for the weather, but the real key to temperatures is looking at the soil. This video looks at what can happen if you plant too early and the soil temperature drops. Pay close attention to what happens to the seed, itself. It is a very informative video. Picture

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Add A Grub Killer To Your Lawn Soon

Think about applying a grub killer to your lawn before situation gets out of control.

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Which Analysis Method Should You Use?

Many times clients send samples in and really don’t know what to ask for when it comes to the analysis method. Methods are the starting places for performing analysis is a qualitative manner. Because technology is changing, methods also may need to be slightly adjusted. A good laboratory will note this information in their standard

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Battling Crabgrass This Spring

Crabgrass is starting to creep up in yards around the country. I came across a great article, “PLATEAU GARDENING: Crabgrass vs Turfgrass” by c. Rae Hozer This article emphasizes the following points. Crabgrass is a sign of turfgrass getting too little fertilizer or the soil is so acidic that fertilizer is not readily available to

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Some Common March Analysis

This past month there were numerous questions regarding the following analysis: Soil Testing/Soil Sampling – Most of the questions had to do with sampling more than just analysis. There is a great resource in the Midwest Laboratories Library on Soil Sampling. Lawn/Garden Soil Testing – This is the area we really saw a lot of questions. Midwewst

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Fracking Wastewater

Here is a video clip of why people are concerned about what is in their water supply. Fracking wastewater needs to be analyzed and tested to determine if any contaminants exist. Check out this story, During Fracking Hearing, Nebraskan Challenges Oil And Gas Commission To Drink Wastewater, March 30 ,2015 and accompanying presentation. It is

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Community Garden Safety Tips

Community Gardens are becoming more and more popular. It is a great way for people in cities to come together and grow produce for a local community. Many community gardens are becoming more progressive with the produce they are growing and the applicaiton of natural fertilizers from soil testing. One area that many people who

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