Falling leaves signal the official arrival of Autumn. Put leaves to good use as insulating mulch in a garden bed, make them into compost, or shred them across the lawn as a natural fertilizer. Left to lie in gutters, leaves quickly clog storm drains leading to flooding in a Fall storm and nutrient pollution as the leaves degrade in the storm sewer. Pile ’em up and enjoy the benefits of leaves next spring!
Construction sites should implement a stabilized entrance, commonly referred to as a ‘rock entrance,’ in multiple cases:
- Where dirt or mud can be tracked onto roads
- If they’re adjacent to water bodies
- If they have poorly compacted soil
- Where dust is a problem during dry weather
The City of Kearney has detailed specifications on rock entrances in the Public Works Department link at the sediment and erosion control details page.
A good soil is just like a good recipe, they both need key ingredients to be successful. The two main ingredients in soil are sand and clay. Various other minerals like limestone, sulfer, and others are added to it in smaller doses. A “good” soil is considered a medium loam and roughly consists of:
- 10% coarse sand
- 45% fine sand
- 20% silt
- 15% clay
- 10% organic material
Please visit landscaping.about.com for more information on soil amending.
Heat generated from bacteria causes the compost pile to stay warm and active, no matter which season you’re in. Ideally, new material should be added to the composting system during turning and mixing to keep the pile the most active. Visit www.earth911.com to find more information on different composting methods including hot, cold, sheet, and trench composting. Also, to find out what items are good types of compost click here for lists of acceptable and unacceptable materials.
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