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Shaun’s Yard

A Practical Application of National Wildlife Federation’s Habitat Checklist by Jason Neumann, Public Programs Manager Suburban Blue Ash, early April. I had pulled out my lawnmower for the first grass cutting of 2020. Dressed to work in my old read more …

Turn Your Property into Better Habitat

By Jeff Sperry, Director of Development and Marketing I hate mowing the lawn. It’s noisy, messy, and smelly. Lawnmower motors are very loud; grass clippings get all over the place; and the fumes from the motor are noxious. My goal has been to read more …

Want Biodiversity? Feed the Soil

by Jason Neumann, Public Programs Manager It’s time to vent. After nearly 25 years on staff at Cincinnati Nature Center, there are a couple of things I want to clear up. For the record, I’m fully on board with the Nature Center’s read more …

The Myth of Groundcover

by Jason Neumann I didn’t plant it, but there it is at the bottom of my wood privacy fence: wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei). As a naturalist, I know that this unwanted botanical surprise is courtesy of neighborhood birds that relieved themselves read more …

What’s (Probably) Growing in Your Yard: Our Bioblitz Round-Up

By Connie O’Connor and Jason Neumann

We had a great time with our first-ever bioblitz—our Lawn Plant Identification Challenge! We totaled 349 observations of 175 different species in and around lawns in our region!

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Rethinking Your Lawn: A Guide to Living with Imperfection

By Jeff Sperry, Director of Development and Marketing  There’s a reason the lawn treatment companies put little signs up saying “Stay Off the Grass for 24 Hours” when they finish a treatment. The chemicals they just sprayed all over read more …

Brush Pile? It’s Habitat, Not Waste!

By Jason Neumann, Public Programs Manager My mother is fond of saying “you could sell a dirty oil rag.” Turning garbage into something of value has always been one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been pondering this as I pick up all the read more …

Spring Cut Back

By Jason Neumann My yard in suburban Blue Ash is providing solace from the constant news updates. Like most people, I’ve been holed up at home. My calendar cleared, I can no longer make excuses for not tending to the yard. It’s time for the read more …