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Volume II, Issue XVII THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Page 15 1 September 2000 Backyard Conservation and Wetlands Wetlands filter excess nutrients, chemicals, and sediment, and provide habitat for a host of interesting creatures. Many yards can support a backyard wetland that benefits you and your community. Letting runoff from your roof, parking area, and lot slowly filter through a mini-wetland helps prevent pollution of neighboring creeks and may help prevent flooding. Where to put a wetland Low areas that remain wet or damp much of the year are the easiest places to establish wetlands. Any depression that collects rainwater or runoff from downspouts, or serves as the path of drainwater leaving your yard, is an excellent spot to plant wetland plants. You’ll create a backyard wetland area that will be very low maintenance. There will be no more “bogged down” lawn mowers because no mowing will be needed! The area will attract wildlife and filter the water draining off your property. If you do not have an appropriate natural site, you can create a wetland the same way you would a backyard pond. Do not put excess fertilizer or pesticides on your lawn or other areas feeding your wetland. How to build a wetland Partially blocking an existing drainage way or digging a shallow basin may be all you need to do if you have clay soil that naturally holds water. In better-drained soil or where you want your wetland to stay wet most of the time, you can dig a shallow depression and bury a plastic liner as you would to create a backyard pond. How long the area stays flooded or wet during the growing season is key to the types of plants to use. If runoff will not naturally keep the area wet enough, you will need to have a supply of water available for occasional use. What to plant A wide variety of attractive plants can grow in wet areas. Cattails and many varieties of reeds thrive in the open sun and are easy to care for. Many species are not harmed by long dry periods during the summer. Cardinal flowers, sweet flag, and pickerelweed thrive in wet areas. Trees and shrubs like black gum, water oak, redosier dogwood, buttonbush, and sweet pepper bush add texture, color, and beauty to any landscape, and are adapted to poorly drained soil. A variety of attractive ferns, skunk cabbage, and Jack-in-the-pulpit grow well in wooded wetlands that are damp and shaded. Select plants that will adjust to your climate and soil types. Look for native plants that grow in natural wetland areas. Wildlife in your wetland Many birds and small animals will quickly start using your wetland. Usually frogs, toads, salamanders, and aquatic insects will find your wetland during the first spring. A deep, permanent pool in the wetland can support native frogs, toads, and possibly fish that will eat mosquito larva and other insects. Most frogs and toads need spring pools in which to breed; their tadpoles need shallow water for several weeks while they mature. Wetlands that dry out in the summer can support a variety of plants and wildlife and will not produce mosquitoes. On the Farm On the farm wetlands filter excess nutrients, chemicals, and sediment from runoff, keep ground water pure, hold back floodwaters, provide habitat for migratory birds and local wildlife, and add beauty to the landscape. Across the country, many farmers are restoring wet areas in cropland and pasture to fully functioning wetlands that benefit their land and the environment. To Be, or Not to Be . . . Natural By Janet Hoffmann What does it mean to act natural? I think it is something very worthwhile to be “natural.” People say it’s natural to paint a picture or play sports when it’s easy for you to do that particular task. So does natural mean easy? Webster’s New World Dictionary says that natural is arising from nature. When I think of nature the word beauty comes to mind. I want to be beautiful so of course natural was something wonderful to be but naturally I don’t feel as beautiful as when I have the help from unnatural beauty aides. We use unnatural beauty aids to make us look naturally beautiful. Another definition of natural is, “Innately felt to be right; based on instinctive moral feelings.” Well my instincts aren’t always moral—it’s more what feels good. Some times it feels good to fight with my husband because I think he is wrong and I am right and he needs to know truth. So to me fighting comes naturally. Does that make fighting right? I know it doesn’t but I still do it. I’ve been told that we need to control our natural selves and the more I think about that concept the more right it feels but it doesn’t feel natural. So I really shouldn’t act natural. Maybe genuine is what we should be, which means to come from the source of origin, which sounds pretty natural to me. But it really isn’t. Origin is more heavenly, and nature is more earthly. (Can you tell I’m trying to figure this all out as I’m writing?) Being natural might be easier but being original is being true. True to ourselves. Rebellious people attempt to be original but that is not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about our first beginnings not an original hairdo or anything we might create ourselves, but more what our creator created in us. Natural just doesn’t have the same meaning as it used to for me. I’m a little disappointed because I like easy. But I like truth more so I will be brave and become my original self instead of my natural self. Now that’s original! Custom home designs by: LaMar Design As little as 2 weeks from beginning of design to submittal for building permit. Call 745-1656 for free consultation of your DREAM HOME!