1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 27, 2008

:332 Mulch Plumbing

Filed under: :332 Mulch Plumbing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:35 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:332 EcoTip: If your part of the country routinely experiences freezing conditions, your in-ground plumbing is probably installed so it is protected. If your in-ground plumbing isn’t adequately protected, throwing a couple of feet of mulch over the area at risk may provide the extra insulation necessary to keep the pipes from freezing.

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Sprinkler systems should be drained and blown out. When sprinklers are installed in areas that routinely freeze – they should have drain plugs built in at the lowest points. If the system doesn’t have a good way to drain it and blow out the water – mulching over the lines may do the trick. This is also true for points where the water supply line isn’t burried deeply enough. Simply add mulch over the top of the area to be protected.

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November 26, 2008

:331 Mulch Trees & Shrubs

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:331 EcoTip: Adding home-made mulch around your trees and shrubs and to your garden is a good way to reduce your contribution to the landfill while adding nutrients to the soil and helping to insulate the roots from winter damage from the cold. 

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Instead of raking up leaves I run the lawn mower over the leaf covered yard. This picks up the leaves and chews them to bits at the same time   – making mulch. Then I can add the mulch back where I please.

In our community – we put our yard wastes out separately for curbside pick-up. The trimmings are turned into compost and are available free for members of the community to use as mulch. If you don’t have enough mulch from your yard to satisfy your needs – check to see if your community has a similar program.

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March 22, 2008

:082 Community Yard Waste

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:082 Tip: Even if you mulch mow, you will probably have some form of yard wastes that should go in the compost pile. Many communities have yard waste recycling programs that turn grass clippings, leaves, and other organic materials from your yard into composted mulch – which is frequently available to residents at low or no cost.

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Turning your own yard wastes into compost is the best for the environment, but a quick reality check is that most people will never make their own compost. For this reason community yard waste recycling programs are going to be best for the environment.

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March 9, 2008

:069 Mulch Mowing

Filed under: :069 Mulch Mowing — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:069 Tip: Mulch Mowing chops grass finely and allows it to mix with the living grass where the clippings will decay and provide soil nutrients. This also reduces the amount of waste material going into the landfill.

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Ohio State University has on-line information on mowing heights for mulch mowing at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/4000/4020.html

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