Live Christmas Trees

How to Select and Care for a Live Christmas Tree How to choose a fresh Christmas Tree Before you go to the tree farm, make sure you know the height of the room where you will put your tree, then buy a tree that is at least one foot shorter than the height of your...

Facts about Deet

What is Deet? DEET is the active chemical ingredient in most insect repellents available in Canada and the United States. It is used to repel such biting pests as mosquitoes and ticks—including ticks that may carry Lyme disease. DEET was originally developed by the...

Natural Shoreland Landscaping

The first in a series of four publications on Natural Shoreland Landscaping and Re-vegetation. Undeveloped shorelands, with woods, meadows, and marshy shores, enhance the quality of lakes by providing fish and wildlife habitat and protecting water quality. A buffer of...

Deet Alternatives

The widely used bug repellent, DEET, has a downside. It may be hazardous to some children. There’s no reason to panic, but this summer, you might try one of the growing number of non-DEET alternatives. DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), was developed in the 1950s,...

Lakes Vs Lawns

Did you know that lawns are the main source of ecological degradation of lakes? Lawns are more harmful to lakes than toxic substances or waste from individual sewage systems. It seems hard to believe since lawns are so beautiful to look at! However, humans are the...

Mosquito Facts and Myths

Quick Mosquito Facts A mosquito (say: muss-kee-toe) is an insect that is found all over the world.There are thousands of different kinds of mosquitoes in many different sizes and colors.The female mosquito needs blood from vertebrates (animals that have a spine) to...