Earth Calendar for April 18th and April 19th

Apr 18, 2014

It’s spring, and we are seeing fresh green leaves beginning to show in our gardens and little crocuses beginning to bloom! Many of us grow ornamental grasses to add character to our landscapes that lasts through the winter. 

In the spring, it is time to clean up the ornamental grass growth from last season to make way for this season’s new growth. You might have heard that you can burn the grass to clear away the old growth, but this is not a legal option for most residential landscape grasses in Ohio. 

Ohio’s Open Burning Regulations prohibit the burning of residential plant matter such as tree trimmings, leaves, weeds, and grass within city and village limits. Outside of these limits, the burning of these materials is also prohibited unless the fire is more than 1,000 feet (that’s over 3 football fields!) from neighboring homes.
Cutting back the ornamental grasses works well to remove the old growth and ready them for the growing season. Check with a local horticultural authority, such as the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, on when and how far to cut back your specific type of grass. Then, add your ornamental grass clippings to your compost to create a valuable soil amendment for next year’s garden. If you don’t compost at home, check with your local community to see if they offer curbside collection or drop offs for your residential yard trimmings for composting elsewhere.

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District—Yard Waste Recycling website

Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District—Recycling/Yard Waste Program website

Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality—Yard Waste Recycling website

On Our Calendar: Roll up your sleeves and help make California Woods even more beautiful! Assist Cincinnati Parks staff on projects such as invasive species removal, litter removal and trail maintenance. Green Up Day at California Woods, April 26th, 9:00am till noon. More information and registration online.