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  • ‘Phantom load’ a drain on your wallet

    A dripping faucet can make a water bill soar, so rather than watch money go down the drain, you’d probably grab a wrench or call a plumber. But there are equally expensive leaks elsewhere in your house, and you probably aren’t aware of them. They’re called phantom loads, and they’re constantly draining electric current.

  • Winter damage to plants vary depending on type

    Over the past couple of weeks, our flowering trees and plants have really been showing off. Isn’t it a welcomed sight, especially after the winter we experienced? Those pretty flowers make it easy to forget about those cold temperatures.

    Well, sort of.

    Just like last year, we are seeing just how hardy our evergreens and marginally hardy plant species are in our area.

  • 4-H Camp deadlines approaching

     4-H camp is right around the corner.  Carroll County will be going to North Central 4-H camp June 22-26.  If you are interested in attending please call the Carroll County Extension Office at 502-732-7030 to request that a packet be mailed to you.

    Campers must be between the ages of 9-14.All paper work must be filled out and returned by June 15.

    The camp orientation meeting for parents and campers will be June 15 at 5 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension office.

  • Go green for spring cleaning

    With warmer temperatures on the way, now is a good time to take inventory and make plans to go green for your annual spring cleaning.  One way to do this is to use homemade or purchased green household cleaning products.

  • Mulch has many benefits

    It helps to control weeds, prevent extreme soil temperature fluctuation, decrease water evaporation, and improve drainage.  Mulch also reduces mower and string trimmer damage on shrubs and trees by suppressing vegetation near their trunks.  As it decomposes, mulch produces organic materials to improve soil and otherwise benefit plants.

    Mulching is one of the best things we can do for our plants, but if done incorrectly, it can be one of the worst things we can do to them.

  • Ground bees are usually non-threatning pollinators

    As yard work increases, this is the time of year where I tend to get questions about ground bees.  These bees are important pollinators.

    Nearly 70% of our wild bee species nest in the ground.  They choose well-drained soils in open, sunny areas.  Conical piles of fine soil particles usually surround their tunnel entrances. 

  • Yard sale bargain tips

    Yard sale season has arrived! As the temperatures are warming up, people are beginning to realize items they might need to purchase for spring and summer, such as children’s clothing or sporting equipment. Yard sale shopping is a great place to find items you need at bargain prices.

    If you are searching for yard sale bargains…

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  • Play it safe in the sun

    Many of us are planning to take part in more outdoor recreational activities as the weather continues to warm up.  Remember that spending unprotected time in the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.

  • Weather conditions perfect for grass tetany in ruminents

    Despite the rain this week, the warm temperatures have finally reached the county, and pastures are really starting to green up.

    As it is certainly nice to see that green arrive, now is also a time when livestock producers need to watch out for grass tetany, also called spring tetany or grass staggers.  It can also be referred to as wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany.

    Regardless of name, it is a condition caused by an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood of livestock.