Tree growing in compacted soil due to water runoff

How to Solve Water Runoff Problems

Water Runoff: What it is and how to prevent it

Tree growing in compacted soil due to water runoff

Do you deal with dry, baked soil in your garden or landscaping? Do you regularly water your plants, trees, and lawn and feel like they are still doing poorly and dying? Is your water bill sky high in the summer?

Gardeners, farmers, and even homeowners can struggle with dry, compacted soil and plants that wilt.

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Sprinkler system, mulchHow to save money watering your lawn and trees

5 Ways to Save Money Watering Your Lawn and Trees

Sprinkler system, mulch and grass depicting how to save money watering your lawn and trees

Are you looking to save money watering your lawn and trees?

These days everyone wants to cut back on their spending. Water use for most homeowners increases dramatically during the summer months.

While we all love the way lush green lawns and landscaping look, the money it costs to get there can make your head spin.

Let’s talk about five ways to care for your lawn and trees while not completely emptying your wallet.

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Water crisis at Lake Mead

The Water Crisis on Earth: What You Need to Know

Lake Mead depicting the world's water crisis

In the film, The Big Short, the all-star cast and quirky storytelling pulled humor and drama to the forefront. This brought clarity from an industry that is otherwise difficult to understand.

In addition, the subject is one we all want to know more about. What on earth caused the catastrophic 2008 recession? Was there anyone who saw it coming?

The film includes Dr. Michael Burry, CEO of the company he founded, Scion Asset Management. Dr. Burry is depicted in the movie as knowing the financial collapse is coming when everyone around him believes otherwise. He was one of the few men who ended up making money on the economic collapse because of this foresight.

However, the thing that stands out in the last frame of the film is, “Michael Burry is focusing all his trading on one commodity: Water.

Let’s stop for a minute.

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Erosion: 5 Effective Ways to Control and Prevent It

Erosion: Definition, Causes, and How to Prevent it

People and businesses all around America have hills and slopes in their yards. These added dimensions can be helpful to separate a home form a busy street, add extra privacy.

However, these hills can also be susceptible to erosion and runoff that is hard to control and the damage that soil washing away can cause is devastating.

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High temperatures - drought

How to Save Your Trees and Plants From Summer’s Hot Temperatures

High temps depicting how to save trees in drought

Do you remember the drought of 2012?

Picture this, you’ve finally done it. You have invested hours of time and money into your landscape. You sit back and admire how amazing your landscape looks and will continue to look for years on end.

A few weeks later, the temperatures are rising and that is when you notice that you are losing your first tree. Next, your shrubs look as though they never have been watered. You water and water with your watering can, but nothing seems to work.

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Apple Orchards with No Apples

Apple orchard

Have you been to an apple orchard this year?

Are you craving a cup of cider?

We have talked so many times about how apples and fall almost seem to go hand in hand. However, for Michigan, who is responsible for the third largest apple production in the United States, apples are scarce. All around Metro Detroit, apple orchards are having apples shipped in from the west side of the state.

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Update: The Drought of 2012

Drought CautionIt has been one hot summer and your landscape is feeling the heat and the effects of the drought.

Yesterday, the temperature soared to 101 degrees at Detroit Metro Airport at 2:30 p.m., tying the record for that date set in 1887 according to according to the National Weather Services’ meteorologist, Sara Schultz, in White Lake Township. Right now, you cannot drive through a neighborhood without seeing browning lawns, drying flowers and dying trees. Just a week ago, we posted an article about the current drought situation. Today, we would like to update you on the current status.

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The Drought of 2012

Drought WarningHave you seen the cost of corn go up due to the drought?   How is your landscaping reacting to the lack of rain?

If you have not seen prices inch higher, you soon will. America is experiencing drought-like conditions across the entire county. Michigan alone had their 10th driest June on record and then had record setting heat in the first week of July.

The US Drought Monitor, last updated on July 3, 2012, can help to visualize that our county is mostly covered in “Abnormally Dry” conditions.  How do drought-like conditions  impact our enviornmental and economical standard of living?

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6 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive Scorching Heat

6 Tips to Help Your Landscape Survive Scorching HeatHave you been wondering how your landscape will make it through this summer?

With temperatures above 90 degrees, we are all watching our landscapes struggling to stay alive. With yellow spots on our lawns and our plants withering, we may wonder if all our hard work gone to waste. Today, we are going to discuss how to help your landscape survive this scorching heat. Your hard work does not have to be wasted and with a little help your landscape will be back to looking as beautiful as ever.

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