Conservation Currents - NVSWCD Newsletter
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The Spring 2013 issue of Conservation Currents includes articles on:
Chickens in Your Backyard. Interest in locally grown food
is on the rise, from urban gardening to backyard chicken operations.
Can Fairfax County residents keep chickens? How can owners care for
chickens? What is the best way to manage chicken waste?
Limiting Pesticide and Herbicide Use. U.S.
homeowners apply about 80 million pounds of pesticides to lawns each
year, using 10 times more pesticides per acre on lawns than farmers
do on crops, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. How did
pesticide become a household item?
2013 Native Seedling Sale. This year's
seedling sale features shrubs and trees that will restore beauty to
Fairfax County Farmers Markets Fresh strawberries. Heirloom tomatoes. Summer squash. Artisan cheese. Garden-fresh herbs. Flower bouquets. Rainbows of fruits and vegetables, tables of pies, breads, rolls, stacks of eggs, jars of honey, bottles of milk, and an assortment of local beef, chicken, and pork. Fairfax County farmers markets will be in full swing again soon, starting in early May and wrapping up in November.
Before you break out the fertilizer, think carefully about your
lawn care practices this spring.
How one homeowner took charge of the runoff problem in her
backyard by building a rain garden.
The current deer overpopulation problem may have more to do with
us than we think.
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Conservation Currents Archive
Agriculture & Horse Operations
Crimping Cover Crops
Establishing Your Horse Pasture
Five Steps to a Great Horse Pasture
Frost Seeding for Horse Pastures
Heavy-Use Sacrifice Areas
Managing Horse Waste
Open Space Disappearing
Urbanization and Groundwater
Lawn Care and Gardens
Don't Tidy Your Winter Landscape
Fall Is Crucial Time for Lawn Care
Garter Snakes in the Garden
It's Spring: Hold On to Your Fertilizer!
Managing Soil Keeps Fields Green
Organic Gardening: Limit Pesticide Use
Soil Test for Fertility
Wake Up and Smell the...Mulch!
Weed Free Lawns—Naturally
Bluebirds: A Conservation Success
Create a Monarch Waystation
Geese at the Government Center
Habitat for Life
Help Keep Track of Turtles
Humans and Deer
Vernal Pool Breeders
Wildlife Habitat with Audubon at Home
What's Happening to Our Bats?
What's the Buzz on Bees?
Plants and Trees
Are Pest Plants...Born to be Bad?
Board Adopts Tree Canopy Goal
Dogwoods' Critical Role in Forests
Early Wildflowers: Spring Ephemerals
Emerald Ash Borer Threat
Fall Color of Trees
How Do Trees Benefit Me?
Poison Ivy: Avoiding It
Trees Promote Biodiversity
Understanding Tree Roots
Urban Forestry, Past and Future
Caring for Backyard Streams
Enjoying and Restoring Our Streams
Fairfax County Plans to Protect Streams
How Healthy Is Your Stream?
Little Pimmit Run Stream Restoration
Perennial Stream Mapping Completed
Small Streams Help Clean Waterways
Urbanization and Stream Health
Volunteers Show Trees Help Streams
Building a Farm or Amenity Pond
Excess Aquatic Vegetation in Your Pond?
Maintaining Stormwater Ponds
Mason District Stormwater Pond
Partners to Rehabilitate Pohick Dams
Protecting a Backyard Pond
Understanding Stormwater Ponds
Reduce Global Warming?
Erosion and Sediment Control
Ground Penetrating Radar
Medicines from the Soil
Pamunkey: State Soil of Virginia
Phytoremediation: Plants & Polluted Soil
Retaining Nutrients in Your Soil
Soil Formation and Classification
Soil Survey Update
Soil Test for Fertility
What’s to Blame for Accelerated Erosion?
Drinking Smart: Bottled Water or Tap?
E. coli Monitoring on Four Mile Run
Heavy Metal Pollution
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Litter in Our Storm Drain System
Picking Up Pet Waste
Snow Aftermath: Trees, Sand and Salt
Top 10 Recycling Tips
Toxic Cleaners, Alternatives
Watershed Knowledge Low
Where Does Wastewater Water Go?
What Is a Watershed?
10 Ways to Protect
Car Washing the Right Way
Encroachment Threatens Parks
Fairfax County Rain Barrel Workshops
Faith & Sustainability in Mount Vernon
Identify & Prevent Pollution
Limiting Lyme Disease - Naturally?
Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!
Watershed Protection at Schools
Energy Conservation and Green Building
Building with Green Techniques
Energy Fair: Geothermal and Solar
Fostering Home Energy Savings
Global Path to Sustainable Development.
Here Comes the Electric Car
ReBuild: Green Building & Green Jobs
Solar: Local Efforts
Waste to Energy
Reprinting of material from Conservation Currents is
encouraged. Please give credit as follows:
"Reprinted from Conservation Currents, Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District."
Past issues of Conservation Currents are available for selected volumes (PDF).
Volume 40 (FY 2013) • Winter 2013 •