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Black-eyed Susan with perfect germination.

Last year, I wrote and was awarded some funding through Bayer’s Feed A Bee program. The program is meant to create pollinator habitat and to educate the public on the importance of habitat for bees and butterflies. In order to extend our grant dollars way further and to get my hands a little dirtier, I proposed in the... read more

Feral Cats. Photo credit: ASPCA

Bird migration time is upon us! One of the many obstacles that migrating and non-migrating bird populations face is predation by an ever increasing cat population. Some of these are protected or struggling bird species whose populations are at risk, such as the bobwhite quail in Florida where cat predation is having a large impact. It has been... read more

Native swamp rose-mallow in a rain garden

During a visit to the Great Big Home & Garden Show at the I-X Center in early February, I was walking through the “garden showcase” exhibit area and noticed many of the plants, shrubs, and ornamental trees on display were non-native to northeast Ohio. I realize there are awards given out in various categories to some the landscaping... read more

Live Stakes installed along a headwater stream.

When most people in Northeast Ohio think of winter, planting things outside usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But if you are a landowner dealing with eroding streambanks, it should! November through March is the ideal time to install live stakes, live fascines, brush mattresses, or a combination thereof. Collectively known as streambank bioengineering or... read more

Excerpt from Washtenaw Master Rain Gardener Class Pack

Are you considering a rain garden for your yard but not quite ready to commit? Come join our staff for a Rain Garden 101 Talk Tuesday April 16th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation in Parma! To get your creative gardening juices flowing here are your basic planning steps you will... read more