Alternative Tree Species To Replace Ash

Most people have heard of the ash tree and the Emerald Ash Borer. This bug has been the demise of many ash trees across Michigan and the United States. If an ash has been removed from your yard, landscape, or property it is important to know what species to choose to replace it. In the […]

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Wildlife Habitat: Make a Home for Birds, Butterflies, and Nature’s Other Creatures

Make a home for birds, butterflies, and nature’s other creatures To view this entire document created by the USDA Natural Resouces Conservation Service, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, click the link in the left sidebar. In your backyard Habitat is a combination of food, water, shelter, and space arranged […]

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Butterfly Gardens: How to create your own

by Kathi L. Borgmann and Amanda D. Rodewald Landscaping even the smallest areas will provide habitat for many butterfly species. You can create suitable habitat for butterflies in your yard by selecting the appropriate flowering plants. Not only will you attract beautiful butterflies, but your yard also will be filled with colorful flowers throughout spring, […]

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Backyard Woods: Attract Wildlife

Like you, wildlife requires food, water, shelter, and space. Your backyard woods has all of these things and is likely already home to a host of wildlife species. But not all woods are created equal. In some, wildlife merely survives, in others it thrives. No matter how large or how small your backyard woods, there […]

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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard

What follows and the attached document are written for use in Indiana. This does not discount the information as useful to Michigan land and home owners. Hummingbirds are a popular attraction in any backyard. The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species of hummingbird that nests in the Hoosier state. These colorful visitors are migratory and […]

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Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners

What is a Rain Garden? A rain garden is an attractive, landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don’t mind getting “wet feet.” They are beautiful gardens, built in depressions, which are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff from impervious surfaces around the home, such as rooftops and driveways. The benefits of […]

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Protecting Our Water: Tips for Residents

What is Stormwater? Polluted stormwater contaminates streams, rivers and lakes. It can kill or damage plants, fish and wildlife, and can degrade the quality of our water. Runoff from both rural and urban areas can contribute to pollution of our surface waters. In an urban setting, a storm drain system is a vast network of […]

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Livestock Exclusion: How They Can Work for You

What is Livestock Exclusion? Livestock Exclusion is the temporary or permanent exclusion of livestock from a designated area—often to protect streambanks, wetlands, woods, cropland, wildlife habitat or conservation buffers. Access controls can also be used to keep wildlife, people, and equipment out of an area. In most situations total exclusion of livestock from a stream […]

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