Construction Stormwater

Construction sites are often the source of stormwater pollution but they do not have to be. Helping to maintain site barriers and construction entrances will reduce track out and erosion. Keeping up with vehicle maintenance and storing chemicals correctly reduces the amount of chemicals added to stormwater runoff. Ensure your site is abiding by the EPA’s Federal Requirements.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are a great solution for any area of your yard that ponds regularly. They are designed to occupy a low spot and fill it with beautiful plants that will soak in the rain instead of letting it pond. A rain garden can improve your property’s curb appeal, provide for pollinators, and clean up stormwater, all while doing work for you. The Gardner’s Supply Company has tips here.

COMPOSTING

There are mainly three different types of composting:

Aerobic- Air is used to help break down materials rapidly. The compost should be turned over every few days.

Anaerobic- This is the opposite of aerobic, this takes much less effort. Just place scraps into a compost pile and don’t mess with it for a year or more.

Vermicomposting- This process uses worms, oxygen, and moisture to decompose organic material with few odors. Red worms are a favorite for this form of composting.

Mowing? Skip Bagging!

As we round out the hot season, consider mixing up your lawncare routine. Save yourself some time outside by skipping a step: leave the cuttings on your lawn! The cuttings encourage moisture to stick around, reducing the amount of watering you’ll have to do. They also act as natural fertilizer by returning nutrients to the soil. It is a win-win!

Waterwise Wednesday: Water Re-use

Photo © Rob Hughes


Cleaning the fish tank? Use the water for non-edible plants instead of throwing away the water. The fishy water is actually a fertilizer rich with beneficial bacteria, potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen.


When refreshing a pet’s water dish, give the stale water to plants or trees instead of washing down the drain. Leftover drinking water, and ice cubes can be given to plants too.