Keep Grass Clippings Off the Street

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”

Improve Health of Waterways, Plant Native Plants

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”

Uncovering the Truth about Rain Gardens

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”

TEST YOUR SOIL

‘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”

Scoop the Poop

When thinking about ways to enhance your life, consider making a pledge that will help you improve the health of your pet and water quality. Picking up pet waste is something that is associated with taking a pet on a walk, but have you thought about the feces out in your yard? When was theContinue reading “Scoop the Poop”

Water Matters

Water is an essential part of life that we use daily for hygiene, cooking, and hydration; but water is so much more than that! Some of my favorite memories of my childhood take place at the beach or in the creek behind my parents’ house. Unlike many things, we do not outgrow our love forContinue reading “Water Matters”

All is Merry and Bright, Keep the Deicers Light

Hot chocolate, Christmas Carols, snow, and ice have once again found themselvescommonplace. ‘Tis the season after all. While enjoying the beauty of our snow-covered city and warmth of family and friends, Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ) would like to challenge residents to make sure that they are keeping local waterways in mind too!Continue reading “All is Merry and Bright, Keep the Deicers Light”

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ) is reminding all residents to properly dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW). Did you know that the average Hoosier household contains between 3 to 10 gallons of hazardous waste? If this waste is not disposed of properly, it can contaminate our rivers, lakes, and streams while also posing aContinue reading “Household Hazardous Waste Disposal”

Leaves Might Not Be the Only Thing Dropping This Fall

On the ½ acre of land that our house sits on, we have ten large trees (three evergreens and seven deciduous) with an additional three deciduous trees that we share with our neighbor. As you can imagine, our yard quickly can become overrun with fall leaves, and usually does by mid-October. Historically, my husband hasContinue reading “Leaves Might Not Be the Only Thing Dropping This Fall”