The Ins and Outs of a Watershed
Aug17

The Ins and Outs of a Watershed

The Ins and Outs of a Watershed A basin is a large area of land drained by a river and all its tributaries. Basins are made up of watersheds.  A watershed  is a land area whose elevation causes water to flow to a common waterway.  Here in Jefferson County, we have two main drainage basins:  the Black Warrior River Basin and the Cahaba River Basin which are formed by the Red Mountain Divide, a southern extension of the Appalachian...

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Hanging Around
Jul30

Hanging Around

With clever choices for small spaces or limited time to devote to gardening, trends like container gardening and vertical gardens have provided some interesting and beautiful options that also deliver the stormwater friendly benefits of reduced runoff and modest fertilizer needs. Kokedama, a form of Japanese bonsai that dates back to the 1600s, is currently a popular and easy way to grow and display plants while adding a big dose of...

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Too Much of a Good Thing
Jul20

Too Much of a Good Thing

Water is essential to life, but watering too much or too little can be the source of many common plant problems. You can have a healthier landscape, save money, and conserve precious water by learning to give your lawn and garden just what they need and nothing more! The type and condition of the soil in your yard has a lot to do with watering efficiency as well as the availability of nutrients for plants. Enriching your soil with...

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Well Behaved Wildness
May27

Well Behaved Wildness

It might not sound logical, but these two extremes really can play well together. Creating a sustainable landscape can keep your yard within your Neighborhood Association’s requirements while still offering you all the benefits of native plants, grasses and trees. The key to achieving both is keeping your yard neat, and making sure your plant choices look intentional, not overgrown or random. The rewards come in the fact that an...

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Well Behaved Wildness
May19

Well Behaved Wildness

It might not sound logical, but these two extremes really can play well together. Creating a sustainable landscape can keep your yard within your Neighborhood Association’s requirements while still offering you all the benefits of native plants, grasses and trees.     The key to achieving both is keeping your yard neat, and making sure your plant choices look intentional, not overgrown or random. The rewards come in the fact that an...

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Off to a Rocky Start- Jeff CO H20
May04

Off to a Rocky Start- Jeff CO H20

Rocks and well-kept yards often don’t go hand in hand.  Rocks usually are viewed as intruders in an otherwise pristinely mulched landscape.  But rocks do have some intrinsic value that might be worth capitalizing on as you prepare your yard for the growing season.  For starters, if you’ve ever lifted a rock and taken a peak underneath, you probably have seen all sorts of activity going on:  earthworms, bugs, and other critters live in...

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Well Behaved Wildness
Apr25

Well Behaved Wildness

It might not sound logical, but these two extremes really can play well together. Creating a sustainable landscape can keep your yard within your Neighborhood Association’s requirements while still offering you all the benefits of native plants, grasses and trees.     The key to achieving both is keeping your yard neat, and making sure your plant choices look intentional, not overgrown or random. The rewards come in the fact that an...

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Fixer Upper Downer
Feb03

Fixer Upper Downer

Updating your home can be an exciting and worthwhile endeavor. When the work is done and you are admiring the results, discount it’s easy not to give much thought to the impact paint, view demoed materials, new construction materials, and the cleanup process might have had on the environment. Paint, solvents, dust, adhesives, and other by-products of construction can wind up in the local stormwater drainage system if left outside and...

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