Lebanon Reporter

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June 6, 2014

Program on septic systems offered for homeowners June 16

For most homeowners, their home is the single largest purchase they will make in their lifetime. With a sizable investment such as this, careful and regular maintenance is essential to maintain the value of the home as well as pleasant living conditions for your family. One frequently overlooked aspect of home maintenance involves the septic system.A properly constructed, well-maintained home septic system should last for a minimum of 20 to 25 years. However poor management and maintenance practices may reduce this to as little as 10 or even fewer years. With the cost of installing a new system at $5000 or more, this represents a significant expenditure which could have been delayed with proper care. In addition, septic system failure may result in contamination of the household well along with public waterways, ditches, and causing your yard to become unusable – or even to die.

The Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, Boone County Health Department and the Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District will be sponsoring a “Homeowner Septic System Maintenance” Program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the 4-H Annex Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Lebanon. The program will include a discussion of the basics of how a septic system works, dangers of a failed system, developing a septic system maintenance program, recognizing septic system problems, and offering solutions for when your septic system does go bad.

This program is designed for rural homeowners with a current, up-to-code septic system, however anyone is welcome. There is no cost for this program.

Winter injury and radical renovationThis past year’s winter really has been the gift that keeps on giving. As spring has progressed I’ve received a number of calls related to damaged or poorly performing ornamental plants. Among the species I have been contacted about (I don’t have the specific varieties affected) are boxwood, yew, privet and sweet gum. I have a forsythia in my yard with what looks like severe winter injury. A secondary impact is that due to the snow cover and scarcity of their usual food sources, many trees and shrubs have been damaged by wildlife. Rabbits seem to be the main culprit however deer damage has also been reported.

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