Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Take shorter showers. Only wash your clothes if they are dirty. Buy low flow shower faucets and dual flush toilets. Make sure the dishwasher is full before running it. The list goes on and on for ways that you can reduce the amount of water that youContinue reading “Clothing’s Virtual Water”
Have you seen water running off a lawn, down the sidewalk, or creating puddles in a yard? Did you know that these are signs of a lawn being overwatering or watered too quickly? Overwatering may mean more than wasted water; it can lead to degraded water quality in local waterways. When water leaves a yard,Continue reading “Independent Yards”
Each year the average homeowner will spend approximately 70 hours maintaining their lawns to achieve their ideal space. Time is spent apply fertilizer to make grass greener and thicker, then time is spent cutting and bagging clippings because the grass is too tall. Then water is added to make sure the grass stays green, which means itContinue reading “Grasscycling: Better for Water Quality”
With April showers comes May (and for the rest of the growing season) mowing. As a homeowner, I prescribe to this ritual like many others, but as a water educator, seeing grass clippings being bagged or on the street/sidewalk drives me crazy! My first summer in my position, I went on a walk after workContinue reading “Keep Grass Clippings Off the Street”
This spring has brought many unique challenges, but it has also allowed us to slow down. Allen County Partnership for Water Quality is interested in helping water do the same by creating water-friendly landscaping. This concept sounds like it could be challenging, but it can be as simple as picking native plants for your gardens.Continue reading “Improve Health of Waterways, Plant Native Plants”
It’s the 51st Earth Day! Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. He strategically chose late April for the first Earth Day due to it being in-between spring break and finals for college students. College students seemed to be the ideal candidates to stand against environmental pollution due to their anti-warContinue reading “51st Earth Day”
Pollinator gardens. Vegetable gardens. Herb gardens. Cut flower gardens. Native plant gardens. Community gardens. Butterfly gardens. Flower gardens. There are many different garden types in our world. The list above has several well-known concepts, especially over the last few years, when the bee population has declined. During a quarantine summer, I had several friends’ plantContinue reading “Uncovering the Truth about Rain Gardens”
World Water Day has been celebrated internationally since 1993. It is a day to remind us that in 2020, 2.2 billion people still lacked access to safe water. Today, a large focus of this day is Sustainable development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. Check out the following ideas for how toContinue reading “World Water Day”
‘Tis the season of lawn prep, so let us talk about the how to fertilize correctly! The first thing to note is no single “cookbook” recipe exists for everyone to get the lawn of his or her dreams; because everyone’s dream lawn looks different. My husband and I are great examples of this. My dreamContinue reading “TEST YOUR SOIL”
USDA (2016) reported approximately 112,000 microplastics were found per square mile of water in the Great Lakes. . .
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