Saturday, July 03, 2010

Terrific Tree Tour Along the Patuxent River, MD Sat., July 10, 9 a.m.-11:00 a.m. updated water restriction information

Invasive species problems are the flip side of endangered and native species challenges. If we did not think our natural areas were worth saving, we would not be concerned about the impacts and effects of invasive exotic aliens on our local ecosytems. So it is important to get out and mingle with the natives and see what we are trying to protect and preserve.

Terrific Tree Tour Along the Patuxent River -- Sat., July 10, 9 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Pigtail Recreation Area 5500 Greenbridge Road, Dayton. 301-206-8233.

Free and open to everyone. Learn about trees from MD DNR Forester James Eierdam. Sponsored by Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, this tour will show mature trees that are native to the mid-Atlantic region and can add beauty to any landscape.  
Join your neighbors in Prince George's, Montgomery and Howard counties in helping to keep the watersheds along the Patuxent a delightful home for wildlife and a wonderful place to visit. These watersheds are under the stewardship of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Brighton Dam is at 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookeville, MD. 

Have you joined our "Friends of Brighton Dam" or our "Friends of Western Branch" Facebook Pages? By becoming a fan, you'll get all of the latest information about environmental education events and cleanups around WSSC's property on the Patuxent and Western Branch. Check us out!!/group.php?gid=56844268643&ref=ts


UPDATE July 5th  
Don’t Start Watering in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties Yet

WSSC’s mandatory watering restrictions are still in effect. This applies to all WSSC customers, both residential and commercial in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The earliest that the mandatory water use restrictions could be lifted is Tuesday, July 6.

Mandatory watering restrictions include no outside water use, use only full loads for clothes washers and dishwashers, limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use), and use water only when necessary (shorter showers, turn off faucets after washing hands, etc.)

For more information, go to:


For my local readers please note that there is a water restriction advisory in place that affects our water use and therefore our gardens.

 Tips on Keeping Your Plants Happy
During Mandatory Restrictions

Contact: Kimberley Knox (301) 206-8100

WSSC’s Mandatory Restrictions require that WSSC customers NOT use WSSC water on their lawns, gardens and other landscaping. But here are some ways that your landscape can still keep green during the mandatory water restrictions:

Place one to two inches of mulch around your plants.

Use water from bathing or washing dishes. Soap will not harm plants

Use water from cooking vegetables or pasta.

Collect rainwater and use it on the plants that need the most help.

Collect water from your shower rather than letting it go down the drain.

While waiting for you shower to heat up, collect that water in a bucket for your plants.

In the kitchen, rather than letting the water run until the water is cold (or hot), collect the water and use it for your plants.

Use water collected from your dehumidifier on your plants.

For the future, drought-tolerant plants make a lovely garden. For an example, go to WSSC’s demonstration garden at Brighton Dam Visitor’s Center’s parking lot.  

Have an idea of your own? Go to WSSC’s “Friends of Brighton Dam” Facebook’s Discussion Page and share it with others.

Suggestions Courtesy of:  Wanda MacLachlan, Area Educator - Residential Landscape Management,
University of Maryland Extension

1 comment:

WashingtonGardener said...

I'd add - buy a rain barrel or 3. And if you have a pond, scoop sone water out of there, my container plants love the fiskie-poo water. Sad to see this last couple days how few people are obeying the mandatory restrictions. Think police need to start issuing fines/warnings.