Fall 2006: Backyard Conservation 3-Petal Letter
The Lower Olentangy Watershed encompasses approximately 150 square miles of land and streams that drain into the lower 32 miles of the Olentangy River in Delaware and Franklin Counties.
Tributaries: Our local streams suffer the most from storm water run off, which decreases water quality; erodes stream banks and channels; diminishes ground water recharge; increases flooding; contributes to sewage overflows; and carries trash and debris.
By following the suggestions contained in this brochure, you can make a difference. Rain barrels, smaller lawns, and native plantings all help reduce storm water run-off. Organic fertilizers and pesticides keep harmful chemicals out of our waterways. We hope that these tips will help you beautify your yard and save time and money while protecting our watershed.
Fall Lawn Care
Corn gluten meal offers a non-toxic alternative to chemical weed control.
Try corn gluten meal
Use organic fertilizers
Consider reducing your lawn size
Fall Gardening Tips
Compost your leaves
Store your rain barrel
Remove invasives and plant natives
Native Wildlife Habitat
Leave the leaves
Leave seed heads
Create a brush pile
Clean and fill birdfeeders
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Our mission is to increase public awareness of the
extensive recreational, cultural, historic, and environmental resources of the Lower Olentangy
Watershed, and to promote responsible policies and uses of the river.
Contributing Consultants for this edition: Toni Stahl and Marc Apfelstadt
Photo credits: ODNR website; Marc Apfelstadt; George Anderson