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Me and Chester with my new native plant babies at the 2017 North Chagrin Nature Center Native Plant Sale.  Photo Credit: Kelly Parker

Spring is finally upon us! Well...maybe...it is northeast Ohio after all; it could snow tomorrow for all we know. But regardless of what tricks Mother Nature as up her sleeve, it's native plant sale time! Why is this a big deal you ask? Because native plants play amazing roles in our ecosystem, that's why! They were here first. Before... read more

Visual representation of bamboo scenario.

Here at Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, I field questions all the time about fertilizer application rates. So in this month’s spring season blog, I will be reviewing and calculating some real life scenarios that have come my way. A quick primer on fertilizer math is necessary to begin. Fertilizers are typically sold with a three number code... read more

Detention (dry) basin in Solon.

It may not feel like it today, but it is indeed spring in Ohio. Spring is a great time to freshen up our yards and do needed maintenance. The same goes for stormwater control measures like rain gardens, permeable pavement, green roofs, and basins. Our Stormwater Control Measure Maintenance Tips outreach campaign continues this month to deliver useful information... read more

At last, Spring is here. Undoubtedly, the weather will fluctuate over these next two months, but the days are getting longer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the buds are forming on the trees! The Cuyahoga SWCD cannot say enough about the benefits of health soil--for the animals that live in the soil and the plants that grown... read more

Spotted salamander

I know we've done blog posts before on salamanders but I just had to share my photos from last night. The conditions were perfect for the migration of salamanders and frogs. It has to be above 40 degrees, raining and after dark. I went to Brecksville reservation (right off Valley Parkway by Deer Lick Cave). They have the road... read more