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A rain garden is a great way to handle runoff on your property, but it is important to do it right. Learn about some common rain garden myths and misconceptions.
Commonly called greenstone, serpentinite is a rock that often comes in attractive olive and blue-green hues and can have a smooth, lustrous surface. In Fairfax County, it is found in the Piney Branch Formation, a wedge of metamorphic rock about 550 million years old. Serpentinite contains magnesium but may also contain another type of mineral: asbestos.
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Contrary to popular practice, spring is not the time to fertilize your lawn. If you fertilize in early spring, the blades will grow at the expense of the roots developing. Extra fertilizer will run off into streams and rivers, polluting fisheries and local drinking water sources.
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?
Agriculture, Horse Farms
Five Steps to a Great Horse Pasture
Establishing Your Horse Pasture
Heavy-Use Sacrifice Areas
Managing Horse Waste
Lawn Care and Gardens
Fall Is Crucial Time for Lawn Care
Weed Free Lawns—Naturally
Soil Test for Fertility
Don't Tidy Your Winter Landscape
In Spring, Hold On to Your Fertilizer
What's the Buzz on Bees?
Humans and Deer
What's Happening to Our Bats?
Vernal Pool Breeders
Create a Monarch Waystation
Limiting Lyme Disease - Naturally?
Plants and Trees
Early Wildflowers: Spring Ephemerals
Emerald Ash Borer Threat
Fall Color of Trees
How Do Trees Benefit Me?
Understanding Tree Roots
Enjoying and Restoring Our Streams
Fairfax County Plans to Protect Streams
How Healthy Is Your Stream?
Perennial Stream Mapping Completed
Pollution & Litter
Cigarette Butts Pollute
Heavy Metal Pollution
Picking Up Pet Waste
Drinking Smart: Bottled Water or Tap?
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Rain Gardens & Green Roofs
Seven Myths About Rain Gardens
Bringing Rain Gardens Home
Rain Garden Research
Herrity Green Roof
Understanding Stormwater Ponds
Building a Farm or Amenity Pond
Excess Aquatic Vegetation in Your Pond?
Maintaining Stormwater Ponds
Soil & Erosion
Naturally Occurring Asbestos in Fairfax County Soil
The Five Most Interesting Soils of Fairfax County
Erosion and Sediment Control
Retaining Nutrients in Your Soil
Conservation Currents Archive
Soil & Erosion
Can Soil Reduce Global Warming?
Ground Penetrating Radar
Medicines from the Soil
Pamunkey: State Soil of Virginia
Phytoremediation: Plants & Polluted Soil
Soil Formation and Classification
Soil Survey Update
What’s to Blame for Accelerated Erosion?
E. coli Monitoring on Four Mile Run
Litter in Our Storm Drain System
Snow Aftermath: Trees, Sand and Salt
Top 10 Recycling Tips
Toxic Cleaners, Alternatives
Where Does Wastewater Go?
Stewardship & Conservation
Community Conservation Success (CAP)
Local Green Businesses Wanted!
Car Washing the Right Way
Encroachment Threatens Parks
Fairfax County Rain Barrel Workshops
Faith & Sustainability in Mount Vernon
Identify & Prevent Pollution
Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!
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