What Is Moss?
There are many varieties of mosses that grow in the Midwest but we are going to just “clump” them all together for the purpose of this conversation. Mosses are generally low-growing, herbaceous (non-woody), flowerless, non-vascular (no xylem or phloem system) plants. They do not propagate via seeds, but use spores thrown to the wind to spread.
If you cook, you have food waste. After meal prep, you’re left with the onion skins, the carrot tops, the lettuce nubs, the corncobs, the zucchini ends, the broccoli stems, the pepper innards. There are also chicken bones, salmon skins, and beef fat. We are also left with tea bags and coffee grounds.
Soil is more than just the dirt under our feet that helps plants grow. Soil contains millions of tiny organisms including algae, bacteria, and fungus, as well as minerals, water, and other organic matter. The value of soil is often overlooked, but its importance to the quality of the plants it grows is obvious. If your grass and landscaping are lacking luster, you may have poor soil.
What Is Lesser Celandine?
Lesser Celandine is a low-growing perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family. It’s also known as fig buttercup or pilewort. Its scientific name was changed from Ranucuculus ficaria to Ficaria verna. The plant has thick, dark green, heart-shaped leaves. Lesser Celandine has glossy, bright yellow flowers with seven to twelve petals that grow one per stalk. Stems of the flowers are tall for the short leaves.
Electricity generated by the sun is more sustainable than fossil-fuel-generated power, such as that produced with coal or natural gas. Solar power is renewable and generates no emissions after the photovoltaic cells, panels, and related hardware have been manufactured and installed. As the number of solar energy installations around the world rises, solar is becoming more of a norm than an alternative.
Watershed. It’s a common enough word, but are you familiar with yours? No matter where you live, your home is in a watershed. And the health of that watershed affects you, your community, and the rest of the planet.
We know that most people consider Spring and Summer to be the most important times of year to maintain and care for their lawns. In Autumn, most homeowners are more concerned about getting rid of fallen leaves and putting up Christmas decorations. We’d like to encourage you to keep paying attention to your lawn for a few more months!
There’s been some panicked press and a lot of concern about the Spotted Lanternfly arriving in both Ohio and Indiana recently. The insect was identified very near Ohio in 2019 and then actually found in Ohio in Mingo Junction in 2020.
For many people who make an effort to live sustainability, it's equally important that the end of their lives are environmentally conscious as well. But what is a green funeral? The Conservation Burial Alliance defines it as "a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat."
Eggshells that might otherwise get thrown in your kitchen trash can—and end up in a landfill—can be used to benefit both plants and animals in your backyard. How to use eggshells in the garden depends on if you are a veggie gardener, a birder, or a flower gardener.
Have you heard about the slow drain on your electricity from appliances, known as “vampire loads,” “phantom loads,” or “standby energy drain”? These are the oh-so-scary loads of electricity that our electronic devices and appliances suck out of outlets even when we don’t have them turned on.
There’s no doubt that single-serve coffee makers are downright convenient. Java drinkers can make just one cup of coffee to their exact liking while their housemates, office mates, or clients can make coffee (or tea, hot chocolate, chai) to their own personal tastes. No more arguments over how dark or light or which flavor to brew the community coffee pot. The major downside to a single-serve coffee maker is the plastic pod that remains after you make the coffee.
The average cost of tree removal is estimated at $985. If you’re looking to remove the stump along with the tree, it will cost an average of $1,072. However, the cost to remove a tree can vary greatly — from about $155-$230 per tree on the low end to over $2,000 on the high end.