Mending the Earth by Ney Tait Fraser

Now available from Milwaukee’s Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, friend Ney’s book about natural landscaping’s heroes from southeastern Wisconsin. Contact SANC for ordering information or pick up your copy in person.

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Our most popular bumper sticker: Got Milkweed?

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While the California Milk Processor Board has used the weight of copyright law to stop us from printing the phrase “got milkweed?” on any products (petty, no?), they haven’t put the kibosh on “got Asclepias?” This educational bumper sticker with our exclusive illustration has become our most popular invention. Order your own from this link.

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Weed Wrench manufacturer retires, turn to PullerBear Tree and Root Puller available from Canada

Our orange Weed Wrench-brand sapling puller continues to serve us well in our battle against invasive Common Buckthorn. We have even given a Weed Wrench as a gift. However, the manufacturer of this great tool has retired from its production, and upon learning this, friend Ney has called our attention to a full range of tree and root pullers under the name PullerBear. Learn more and order from: PullerBear.com.

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Things a gardener can do in winter: sharpen, sand, lubricate tools

Uploaded by on Jan 17, 2012  | Learn how to care for your garden tools to improve their life and performance.

 

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Mosquito traps: simple, organic, effective controls for mosquitoes and their larvae

| April 26, 2011  |  If you do not clean your traps daily, you should NOT consider this option. Our neighborhood has very few mosquitoes now. Four-house area went from infested to tolerable.

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Wild Ones chapters gather for “Your Homemade Wilderness” program

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Two Milwaukee-area chapters of Wild Ones were kind enough to invite me to present my Your Homemade Wilderness program yesterday. It was a visual treat to start the morning at the North Chapter at the new Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, a handsome “green” facility on a wooded bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. I thank all who attended, but especially dear Dorothy Boyer, who provided a laptop to make the projector connection for my iMovie DVD, and Ney Tait Fraser, who surprised me with her darling manual The Art of Mending the Earth and educated me about the woodworker’s Japanese handsaw which she has used to great effect in battling back burdock. The lightweight tool has fine teeth like a bread knife, and I can imagine it would be more comfortable and convenient to use than scissoring cutters.

The Wehr Wild Ones, my alma mater chapter, filled the room for our afternoon meeting. I appreciate the technological assistance of Howard and Woolly, and the kind introduction by Pat Brust. (One of these days I’m going to have to photograph your face instead of your back, Pat.) Everyone was great to pal around with. You guys are the best.

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No excuses: Rain barrels are easy and attractive

Even the fussiest homeowner will recognize that today’s rain barrels are neither eyesores nor mosquito havens but symbols of responsible home ownership, reducing stormwater problems and conserving groundwater supplies.

zoralathan | October 26, 2010 | Two rain barrel installations in the community of Arundel On The Bay, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
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