Earth Calendar for July 30th and July 31st

Jul 30, 2012

With dry conditions and drought conditions covering 80 percent of the contiguous United States, now is a great time to analyze water use on your property. Every day in the U.S., more than 7 billion gallons of drinking water is used to irrigate landscapes, at least half of which may be wasted.   We can reduce water waste with an in-ground hose system that reaches plant roots and prevents evaporation. You can buy soaker hoses and weave them in and out of your plant beds several inches below the surface. Drip irrigation has solid hoses you add holes to, permitting more precise control. For instance, your shrubs along a fence may need regular watering, but not drought-tolerant native plants nearby. If you must use above-ground sprinklers, angle them to avoid sidewalks and other paved surfaces.                                                                                                                 

Remember to always follow any watering restrictions that are in place in your community. Learn more at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower’s website.  The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.  The Center also offers education programs for children and adults who want to  learn  more about their natural surroundings and how to grow native plants in their own backyards.

On Our Calendar:  The Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District will be hosting Tire Amnesty Days August 24th, 25th and 26th at the Franklin Twp. Administration Building, 981 Hopewell Rd, Felicity Ohio from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please go to their website for more information.