Lansdowne Environmental E-News – August 8, 2011

Hello Lansdowners,



Wednesday, 8/10, is Yard Waste Wednesday here in Lansdowne. But you probably know that because you’re used to looking at the schedule magnet, right? That’s excellent. So you know the drill, bag it up and put it on your curb bright and early. If you have twigs, you can bundle and tie them up and leave them at the curb as well. If you have new neighbors, let them know about this great program we have in Lansdowne, and encourage them to visit the Borough website ( or stop by Borough Hall to get the trash/recycling magnet.



Maybe you’re like me: you know you should compost but you don’t really know how. Well, now there’s one less excuse. Check out the backyard and worm composting workshops that the Pennsylvania Resource Council is holding from August through November. There’s even a workshop called Tips for a Healthier Home, about chemicals and toxins that may be lurking in your home. See the attached flyer for info.



I just discovered quite a bit of grass (well, weeds) growing between my sidewalk slabs, and along the inside of my curb, in the street. And unlike some of my plants and flowers that are wilting in this heat, these seem to be thriving. Not only is it unsightly (sorry, neighbors, I plan to work on this, I promise), but they can literally rip up your sidewalk and cause sewer problems, which is expensive and can be avoided with routine maintenance. May I encourage everyone to go out and take a look at your sidewalks, driveways and in the street along the curb line, and see if you have this unpleasant growth. If you do, please rip it out, cut it out, dig it out. Please try not to use chemicals, which flow into the sewer system and ultimately our creeks. It may have to wait until a nice cool day, but I promise to work on this and hope others do, too.



Just a quick reminder to not blow your grass clippings into the street. This causes sewer problems, but is also completely unnecessary, as they should be left right there on top of your grass. Unless of course, your grass is really high and you have clumps of clippings. You should scoop those up and toss them in your yard waste, as they could kill the grass underneath.



The hot summer months are rough on our lawns, but watering it wastes energy and consumes an enormous amount of water, which is not in unlimited supply, although it may seem that way to us. At least 36 states expect to see water shortages by 2013. Yes, your grass may turn brown, but so is everyone else’s. And come the Fall your lawn will miraculously get it’s green luster back.


Stay cool everyone!




Barbara Silzle

Lansdowne Borough Council

Chair Environment Committee


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