The birds are chirping, and the weather is warming. These are sure signs that spring is upon us! While we are relishing in the long overdue warmth, our septic system may be struggling. Spring rains and snow melts along with temperature fluctuations can cause problems with your septic system. Fortunately, there are thing you can do to prevent problems before they occur.
Do you wonder if you have any invasive plants on your property? Now is a good time to check.
While spring brings flowers and warm weather, it also increases the risk of accidentally killing your oak trees.
Oak wilt can kill an oak tree in as little as three weeks after becoming infected. While the disease is caused by a fungus, that fungus is often transmitted to new oak trees by tiny insects called picnic beetles. These beetles are attracted to oak trees after they are cut or damaged, and spread the fungus to the tree once they make contact with an open wound.
Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is yet another invasive insect that threatens our forests. This time, our eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis) are the ones in harm’s way.
Forests are a wonderful place to relax, enjoy nature, hunt, and engage in other fun activities, but our enjoyment of our forests is threatened by numerous invasive plant species. These plants can outcompete – and sometimes, even replace – native plant species, which significantly impacts the long-term health of our forests.
Although fall can be hectic, it is not the time to sideline your septic system. Managing your septic system is a year-round task, but maintenance can prove more difficult in the winter months. Preparing your septic system for the winter will save headaches, protect against early system failure, and prevent a messy springtime thaw.
Since the Emerald Ash Borer first invaded Michigan in 2002, it has killed millions of native ash trees across the state, and even more across the country. But despite its continued importance in Michigan, the Emerald Ash Borer is not the only invasive insect responsible forest landowners should be looking out for.
“Dirt Don’t Hurt”, unless you are talking about sediment. Sediment is made up of loose particles of clay, silt or sand that have been eroded from the soil. Once eroded, they become free flowing in air or water and eventually settle onto land, stream bottoms or lake beds. Sediment is among the most abundant types of non-point source pollution. It is estimated that over 4.5 billion tons of sediment pollute the rivers of the country each year. That is the equivalent of 25,000 football fields, 100 feet deep!
Hopefully most people are aware of the dangers of pouring oil, pesticides and other products into our storm drains or dumping them into our rivers. Now that leaf raking season is fast approaching, remember storm drains and rivers are no place for leaves either.
In 2013, the Shiawassee Conservation District launched a highly success electronic recycling program in partnership with Comprenew. Recently, the District sat down with Scott Vanerkooy at Comprenew to discuss electronic recycling and see what happens to the items that are dropped off during our collections.