Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio)

Lake County  Soil and Water Conservation District (Ohio) Lake SWCD will provide leadership and technical expertise to guide the protection and conservation of the unique soil and water resources of the county
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There has been a lot of buzz about cicadas in the news, but we here at Lake SWCD have noticed a few falsehoods circulati...
05/07/2021

There has been a lot of buzz about cicadas in the news, but we here at Lake SWCD have noticed a few falsehoods circulating. Over the next week or so we will be setting some things straight about these wild, wonderful and somewhat mysterious critters.

Cicadas are not harmful pests.
Are they loud? Yes.
Are they sometimes annoying? Yes.
Are they going to bite or sting you? No.

More about cicada mouths and bites

Cicadas don't have mouthparts to bite, sting or chew. Instead they have a rostrum or beak which is like a straw and is designed for sucking liquid out of plant roots and twigs. For the majority of their lives (the 16.75 years they are underground) they use their rostrum to suck the fluid out of plant roots. While molting into their adult form, they may suck sap out of tree and shrub twigs. If a cicada lands on you and "bites" you it isn't because it is vicious and attacking you, it is because it thinks you are a tree. 🌳🌳🌳 What a compliment! 😍

The website cicadamania.com has a lot of great articles about periodical cicadas. If you aren't thrilled with cicadas landing on you, one recommendation they make is to avoid using yard implements that make loud vibration noises if you are in an area with a lot of cicadas. The females may mistake you with your w**d whip for a male cicada. 😜

Also, if you aren't thrilled to be sharing space with cicadas remember that this is a very minor inconvenience for 5-6 weeks every 17 years.

https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/do-cicadas-bite-or-sting/

https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/what-do-cicadas-eat/#:~:text=The%20cicada's%20mouth%20parts%20(aka,plants%20and%20drink%20their%20sap.

Stay tuned to future posts for more information about cicadas and your garden.

There has been a lot of buzz about cicadas in the news, but we here at Lake SWCD have noticed a few falsehoods circulating. Over the next week or so we will be setting some things straight about these wild, wonderful and somewhat mysterious critters.

Cicadas are not harmful pests.
Are they loud? Yes.
Are they sometimes annoying? Yes.
Are they going to bite or sting you? No.

More about cicada mouths and bites

Cicadas don't have mouthparts to bite, sting or chew. Instead they have a rostrum or beak which is like a straw and is designed for sucking liquid out of plant roots and twigs. For the majority of their lives (the 16.75 years they are underground) they use their rostrum to suck the fluid out of plant roots. While molting into their adult form, they may suck sap out of tree and shrub twigs. If a cicada lands on you and "bites" you it isn't because it is vicious and attacking you, it is because it thinks you are a tree. 🌳🌳🌳 What a compliment! 😍

The website cicadamania.com has a lot of great articles about periodical cicadas. If you aren't thrilled with cicadas landing on you, one recommendation they make is to avoid using yard implements that make loud vibration noises if you are in an area with a lot of cicadas. The females may mistake you with your w**d whip for a male cicada. 😜

Also, if you aren't thrilled to be sharing space with cicadas remember that this is a very minor inconvenience for 5-6 weeks every 17 years.

https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/do-cicadas-bite-or-sting/

https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/what-do-cicadas-eat/#:~:text=The%20cicada's%20mouth%20parts%20(aka,plants%20and%20drink%20their%20sap.

Stay tuned to future posts for more information about cicadas and your garden.

There has been a lot of buzz about cicadas in the news, but we here at Lake SWCD have noticed a few falsehoods circulati...
05/05/2021

There has been a lot of buzz about cicadas in the news, but we here at Lake SWCD have noticed a few falsehoods circulating. Over the next week or so we will be setting some things straight about these wild, wonderful and somewhat mysterious critters.

First let’s start with some cicada facts.

There are different types of cicadas, annual and periodical.
Annual cicadas are the large green ones you see and hear toward the end of summer every year. They provide the soundtrack to the dog days of summer.

In contrast, periodical cicadas emerge every 13-17 years depending on species. Hatching in large groups or broods has survival advantages. By hatching at the same time, and in large numbers finding a mate and successfully laying eggs is easier. Large numbers also help ensure that more individuals have a chance to mate and lay eggs before becoming another critter's dinner. There are currently 15 known broods. This year’s brood is named Brood X. Brood X is the largest of the broods and has individuals in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York (extinct or nearly so), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Ok on to correcting today’s falsehood.

Just because there are some Brood X cicadas in Ohio does not mean they will be everywhere in Ohio. We will not have periodical cicadas hatching in Lake County in 2021. Lake County does get periodical cicada hatches, but we are part of Brood V. We last saw a cicada emergence in 2016, and won't see another until 2033.

Photo 1: Map of Ohio's periodical cicada broods. https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/ENT-58
Photo 2: Periodical Cicada in Concord, Ohio in 2016.
Photos 3 and 4: Periodical Cicadas emerging from the ground at Indian Point Park in Perry, Ohio in 2016.
Photo 5: Periodical Cicada on Pawpaw at Big Creek Park in Chardon, Ohio in 2016.

Last call for Fish Sale Orders!We need to receive your fish sale orders by TOMORROW May 4 at the latest!https://www.lake...
05/03/2021

Last call for Fish Sale Orders!

We need to receive your fish sale orders by TOMORROW May 4 at the latest!
https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/soil-water-conservation/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2021/03/2021-Native-Pond-Sale-order-form.pdf

This Arbor Day be kind to the trees in your life. Improper planting, pruning, mulching, staking and other tree care can ...
04/30/2021

This Arbor Day be kind to the trees in your life.

Improper planting, pruning, mulching, staking and other tree care can take years off of your tree's life!

Check out treesaregood.org for more information on proper tree planting and care. https://www.treesaregood.org/treeowner

Happy Arbor Day!

While a lot of people plant trees, do they GROW trees? Is the right tree planted in the right place, is it planted properly, mulched correctly, watered regularly? Is there a maintenance plant that includes pruning, checking for diseases, etc etc etc.

There is more to planting a tree than just planting a tree. Let's GROW trees!!

One mistake people make it planting a tree too low and/or volcano mulching the tree. Check out our Let the Flare See the Air presentation!

https://www.gotostage.com/channel/2b314627a9824440ba09d85b766fa89c/recording/d18fe0f7c57c4be3b71818364901aeb5/watch

04/29/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

Grab your binoculars and look to the sky! 305 million birds will be migrating over the next few days! While some birds a...
04/27/2021

Grab your binoculars and look to the sky! 305 million birds will be migrating over the next few days!

While some birds are residents and hang out here all year, others migrate in spring and fall.

While migration may seem to be directly related to temperature, birds migrate primarily to improve access to food and nesting resources.

Get your binoculars and get outside today! An estimated 305 million birds are migrating tonight, and the next few days are forecasted to be great for seeing birds as well. For more information: https://birdcast.info/

04/26/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

Last day for Plant Native Sale order pick up!We will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building until ...
04/24/2021

Last day for Plant Native Sale order pick up!

We will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building until noon.

Just a heads up the Lake County Utilities is doing electronics drop off so there might be a line to get into the fairgrounds.

You can enter the Lake County Fairgrounds off of either route 20 or Fairgrounds Rd.

Last day for Plant Native Sale order pick up!

We will be at the Lake County Fairgrounds Natural Resources Building until noon.

Just a heads up the Lake County Utilities is doing electronics drop off so there might be a line to get into the fairgrounds.

You can enter the Lake County Fairgrounds off of either route 20 or Fairgrounds Rd.

Happy Earth Day!We are packing tree sale orders to celebrate!How are you celebrating today?
04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day!

We are packing tree sale orders to celebrate!

How are you celebrating today?

Happy Earth Day!

We are packing tree sale orders to celebrate!

How are you celebrating today?

04/16/2021

If you have been following the story of the Mentor Marsh eaglet who was blown out of the nest last year here is an update!

Since his wing was too badly damaged to be released back into the wild, after rehab at the Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen, the Mentor Marsh Eaglet was placed at the Eagle Creek Ornithology Center in Indianapolis, with the hopes of becoming a program animal ambassador for his species.

Yesterday was Carson's 1 year Birthday/Hatch Day. This video shows him training for his new job and getting a pretty sweet (fishy) reward for his hard work!

04/14/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

04/12/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

04/09/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

NATIVE POND SALE UPDATEWe are sold out of Largemouth Bass! To download an order form click the link belowhttps://www.lak...
04/06/2021

NATIVE POND SALE UPDATE

We are sold out of Largemouth Bass!

To download an order form click the link below

https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/Portals/20/2021%20Native%20Pond%20Sale%20order%20form.pdf

NATIVE POND SALE UPDATE

We are sold out of Largemouth Bass!

To download an order form click the link below

https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/Portals/20/2021%20Native%20Pond%20Sale%20order%20form.pdf

Timeline Photos
04/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

04/05/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

04/03/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

04/01/2021

Join us this April as we celebrate Native Plant Month!

Every day of April we will be featuring a different Ohio native plant.

03/26/2021

Special Collection Schedule:
Electronics - Apr. 24 & Aug. 14,
Tires - May 1,
Television - May 8 & Aug. 14,
Hazardous Waste - Jun. 5 & Sept. 25.
All the collections will be held at the Fairgrounds in Painesville Twp. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Details https://bit.ly/LakeRecycle21

Lake SWCD 2021 Plant Native Sale Update Our sale is SOLD OUT! We will not be accepting any new orders.Huge thanks to eve...
03/25/2021

Lake SWCD 2021 Plant Native Sale Update

Our sale is SOLD OUT!

We will not be accepting any new orders.

Huge thanks to everyone who ordered!

See you on April 23-24 at the Lake County Fairgrounds for order pickup!

Lake SWCD 2021 Plant Native Sale Update

Our sale is SOLD OUT!

We will not be accepting any new orders.

Huge thanks to everyone who ordered!

See you on April 23-24 at the Lake County Fairgrounds for order pickup!

03/20/2021

Happy spring!

Sound on to hear one of our favorite spring sounds!

More dates available for the Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam!Ohio Department of Agriculture Pestic...
03/19/2021

More dates available for the Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam!

Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam Testing Dates

March 18th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM
April 27th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM
May 12th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM

Maximum 9 per session
Register at agri.ohio.gov

Testing will take place at:
Richard L. Martin Center for Learning and Business (U-Lab)
1981 Blasé Nemeth Rd.
Painesville, Ohio 44077

Any questions, contact Thomas deHaas
ANR – [email protected] or 440-853-2630

OSU Lake County Extension

More dates available for the Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam!

Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam Testing Dates

March 18th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM
April 27th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM
May 12th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM

Maximum 9 per session
Register at agri.ohio.gov

Testing will take place at:
Richard L. Martin Center for Learning and Business (U-Lab)
1981 Blasé Nemeth Rd.
Painesville, Ohio 44077

Any questions, contact Thomas deHaas
ANR – [email protected] or 440-853-2630

OSU Lake County Extension

We are now taking orders for fingerling-size fish for stocking your ponds!The District will be selling fish for stocking...
03/12/2021

We are now taking orders for fingerling-size fish for stocking your ponds!

The District will be selling fish for stocking ponds as a service to its landowners. These fish come healthy and ready to be gently placed in your pond; we cannot guarantee that they will all survive.
All fish must be picked up on May 6th, we cannot hold or deliver your fish for you. NO REFUNDS ON FISH NOT PICKED UP.

Orders will be distributed at the NATURAL RESOURCES BUILDING
LAKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 1301 MENTOR AVE., PAINESVILLE, OH 44077 on THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021 1:30—2:30 PM.

https://www.lakecountyohio.gov/Portals/20/2021%20Native%20Pond%20Sale%20order%20form.pdf

🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳 OMG! 🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳Plant Native Sale orders are due 1 week from today!
03/12/2021

🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳 OMG! 🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳

Plant Native Sale orders are due 1 week from today!

Happy International Women's Day!We have all heard of male conservation leaders like Aldo Leopold and John Muir, but many...
03/08/2021
Guardians of the Planet: 16 Women Environmentalists You Should Know

Happy International Women's Day!

We have all heard of male conservation leaders like Aldo Leopold and John Muir, but many women helped lead environmental, food security/sovereignty and conservation movements across the world. Female scientists and activists like Jane Colden, Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey, Anna Botsford Comstock have helped shape the world we have today and strive for a better future!

https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11863

https://www.aldoleopold.org/post/women-of-conservations-past-and-present/

16 Trailblazing Female Environmentalists Who Have Changed the World.

Are you looking for a location to take the Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam?Ohio Department of Agri...
03/05/2021

Are you looking for a location to take the Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam?

Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam Testing Dates
March 18th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM
April 27th, 2021- 9-12AM or 1-4PM
Maximum 9 per session
Register at agri.ohio.gov

Testing will take place at:
Richard L. Martin Center for Learning and Business (U-Lab)
1981 Blasé Nemeth Rd.
Painesville, Ohio 44077

Any questions, contact Thomas deHaas
ANR – [email protected] or 440-853-2630
OSU Lake County Extension

Are you looking for a location to take the Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam?

Ohio Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Exam Testing Dates
March 18th, 2021 - 9-12AM or 1-4PM
April 27th, 2021- 9-12AM or 1-4PM
Maximum 9 per session
Register at agri.ohio.gov

Testing will take place at:
Richard L. Martin Center for Learning and Business (U-Lab)
1981 Blasé Nemeth Rd.
Painesville, Ohio 44077

Any questions, contact Thomas deHaas
ANR – [email protected] or 440-853-2630
OSU Lake County Extension

Just in case you needed an excuse to be a "lazy gardener" for a couple more months.Many of our native bees lay their egg...
03/01/2021

Just in case you needed an excuse to be a "lazy gardener" for a couple more months.

Many of our native bees lay their eggs in the stems of plants in the summer and fall. The eggs overwinter and mature in the stems. They then emerge when the temperature is high enough.

To help out our native pollinators some experts say you can tidy up your garden when the temperature is above 50 F for 2 consecutive days, others recommend using mother's day as a guideline. Either way keeping your garden messy for a little bit longer is a good thing.

If you must tidy your garden earlier, be sure to loosely pile stems in an inconspicuous place in your yard until the bees are able to emerge.

More than a quarter of our native bees nest in tubes and tunnels.
To help stem nesting bees, don't clean up the the flower stalks. Or if you must, wait for spring and take off only the higher parts of the old growth. Leave the parts on the ground or bring them to another part of your yard. Stem nesting bees hardly ever sting and they are an important part of a healthy garden. www.healthyyards.org

Address

105 Main St
Painesville, OH
44077

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 16:00
Thursday 07:30 - 16:00
Friday 07:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(440) 350-2730

Products

Rain Barrels
Soil Test Kits
Annual Native Tree and Plant Sale

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With most landscaping services deemed non essential this means non professionals will be applying lawn and garden chemicals. This is potentially a problem especially if they are over applied. Can you please provide guidance that can be shared, on proper application and also information showing the benefits of allowing a lawn and garden to go natural with native plants and longer grass, no mulch etc.
I am looking to purchase elderberry plants. Do you have them?
Strange request, but does anyone have Wafer Ash/Hoptree that they are willing to let me have some leaves from? I have 6 Giant Swallowtail butterfly eggs that are about to hatch and I don't have enough material to raise them for the next 30 days. She laid eggs on my little tiny Wafer Ash trees I got from the Soil and Water tree sale in the spring and they only have a few leaves. Does anyone know where I can get some material to make sure these guys make it to crysalis stage? Perhaps someone has gotten Wafer Ash in a previous year from the Soil and Water sale. Thank you!