Home and Garden Tips

Preparing compost for the growing season

Compost is truly the best mulch and soil amendment for the home gardener. The microbial breakdown of vegetation into organic matter can be made by anyone. Collect scraps from the kitchen to get started. Locate the composting bin (drums, barrels, bins, etc.) in a shady corner. Layer sticks on the bottom to increase aeration. Keep the pile moist and turn […]

Several tips on Earth-friendly gardening

While daydreaming of working in the garden, here are a few gardening tips to consider. • Plant shade trees on the southwest side of your home to lower cooling costs in the summer • Plant tall evergreens on the north side to cut winter heating costs • Add mulch to gardens to reduce water consumption • Install rain barrels at […]

Consider Earth-friendly gardening practices

 The upcoming 13th Annual Earth Fest, held in Mt. Iron on April 13, is a spectacular homegrown event. We are stewards of our earth, air, and water, so we must pitch in to protect them. “Organic” implies using only natural products and techniques… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

Ways to control invasive buckthorn

 Mild winters with little snow are the ideal time to tackle eradication of the invasive common buckthorn and similar woody plants during dormancy. These spikey bushes have no natural controls. The blackish berries of the female plant are attract… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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