Kim's Korner

Before the European settlement here in the united states, beavers and their dams could be easily spotted throughout North America. With the European settlement came agriculture which meant most of the fertile land was wet meadows home to the beaver. Needless to say, beaver hats, pelts and fur became very popular and the settlers had access to these fertile lands. With practically eradicating the beaver we have changed our watersheds to allow stream erosion and scouring.

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The nights are getting longer and the days are growing shorter and everyone is thinking the end is here. The end of the gardening and landscaping season that is. Actually, early fall is the ideal time to start your gardening. Great discounts can be found at the stores, best time to plant and transplant, and to start installing your flower beds.

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What to do with that nagging wet spot in your yard?

Are you sick of mowing through that soggy spot in your yard and rutting up the ground? Does your mowing tractor keep getting stuck? Does it look like some high school punk just turfed your yard? We have the solution for you! Why keep dealing with this year after year or spend a ton of money with a short term fix? It’s time to act like water and take the path of least resistance. You need a soggy Garden!

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Rain GardenA rain garden is a functional sunken landscape feature which intercepts runoff from impervious surfaces such as rooftops, roads or parking lots. The rain garden temporarily stores this water until the plants and soil absorb it. Rain gardens are very effective at reducing runoff from your rooftop and removing pollution that is carried with runoff from impervious surfaces.

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Rock SaltBrian PruntyIt’s another snowy, wintery bliss, here in Northeast Ohio and many of us are out shoveling, plowing and throwing salt to fight off Old Man Winter. We watch that snow melt right before our eyes and witness large flakes melting as they gently set on the nicely cleared pavement. Man, salt is an amazing product and makes our lives a lot easier. As a believer of the yin-yang philosophy, I know using salt is causing trouble elsewhere...

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As I drive through the neighborhoods on a spring day, I see everyone out spraying their yards, broadcasting weed and feed pellets, and cursing while trying to start outdoor power equipment. Americans are addicted to their green lawns, the constant battle of mowing, outdoor power equipment and the urban farming of a crop called turf. The American household spends $40 billion on lawn care and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that 100 million pounds of lawn care products are dumped, sprayed or broadcasted on our lawns, yearly. It is funny that we complain about the labor intensiveness of green lawns yet we spend a lot of money to show off our pride and joy. Since our treated grass is so green, that means we have a healthy lawn, right?

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