In Your Yard

Gladioli, Grout & Grilling at Lansing Home & Garden Show

Friday, March 20, 2015

Where can you price out vinyl siding, learn how to make Creamy Hazelnut Maytag Vinaigrette with Rosemary & Fresh Ground & Roasted Cardamom, and see a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach? You can do all of those things (and lots more) at The Lansing Home & Garden Show, which opened yesterday and runs through Sunday at MSU’s Pavilion.

ELi ON EARTH: Grafting East Lansing Trees

Monday, March 16, 2015

The time has come, my friends, to speak of many things: of scions and slips and grafting wax, of cabbages and clings, and why tomatoes grow in pots and whether March means spring.

ELi ON EARTH: Snow Sowing Time in EL

Monday, February 2, 2015

Image: The author sowing seeds the day before the big snow.

If you are tired of winter and cannot make the trip south to warmer climes, you can still begin some spring activities right here in East Lansing. It may not be warm outside, but there are some seeds that do well planted in the snow. Snow planting is as simple as putting the seeds in the snow where you would otherwise plant them in the dirt.

ELi ON EARTH: De-Icing Solutions

Monday, November 24, 2014

In response to the recent snows and freezing rain, East Lansing residents brought out shovels and de-icing agents to clear their walks and driveways. ELi on Earth (EoE) has already covered the creation of ice in the form of hail, and this week EoE is going to look at using salt to melt ice on your sidewalk and driveway, including which product to choose if you’re conscious of the environment in East Lansing.

CITY OF THE SMARTS: Meet the Glacier That Made East Lansing

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This is Geography Awareness Week, and so MSU’s Geography Chairperson, Prof. Alan Arbogast, wants you to be aware of geography. Explains Arbogast (shown above), geographers like him “think about location—where things are—but we also think about place. By ‘place’ we mean what makes a place distinctive. What makes it funky? Unique? Different? What makes it feel the way it feels?”

Some EL Tree Experiences with BWL Are Positive

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tensions with electrical utility provider Board of Water and Light (BWL) remain high in parts of East Lansing, especially in old-growth neighborhoods like Oakwood (where I live) and Glencairn. But at a recent Oakwood potluck, I talked to a neighbor who has had overall a positive experience with BWL coming to trim his family’s trees. So I asked that neighbor, Nate Stevenson, to share his story with our readers.

ELi ON EARTH: Bulbs

Monday, November 3, 2014

While the chill in the air and the leaves on the ground may signal the coming of winter, they also mark the time in East Lansing for planting many kind of bulbs. For plants that form them, bulbs are both the food storage and growth structures for spring.

City Allows BWL to Cut Trees without Required Permits; Tree Resolution to Be Considered Tonight

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ELi has learned that City of East Lansing staff has been allowing BWL to trim and cut down trees in East Lansing without the permits and oversight required by the City’s own municipal code.

This news comes as tonight City Council will consider a resolution in support of the trees, raising the question of whether such a resolution would, in practice, also be disregarded by City staff.

BWL Asserts Legal Right to Trim

Monday, October 6, 2014

Does BWL have the right to come onto privately-owned property and trim or remove trees without the owner’s permission in the absence of a written legal easement? The BWL Director of Communications is suggesting the answer is “yes,” but an MSU property rights legal expert says the details would be complicated.

I asked Steve Serkiain, BWL’s Director of Communications, to answer three questions, on the record:

East Lansing Sees Hail

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It hailed briefly in East Lansing on Saturday, October 4. Hail is an icy precipitation common in big thunderstorms. Hail is made up of falling layered balls of ice that are produced in cumulonimbus clouds that contain strong updrafts. The upward movement of air within the cloud is called an updraft and is a feature common to tornados and hailstorms.

Autumn Fest and Stock-Up Time, Sunday at the Market

Friday, October 3, 2014

East Lansing residents who are fine with an hour out in classic Michigan autumn weather can enjoy the East Lansing Farmers’ Market annual Autumn Fest this Sunday, October 5, from 10 am through 2 pm. Besides all the familiar weekly vendors’ latest offerings, Autumn Fest will include free cider, donuts, and wagon rides. Children can also enjoy a variety of games and activities.

New Yard Sign Campaign Questions BWL’s Right to Cut

Friday, September 26, 2014

East Lansing residents are seeing fewer tree trimming crews out working for Lansing’s Board of Water and Light (BWL), the major provider of electricity to East Lansing. But tensions remain very high between BWL and homeowners. Some homeowners who have already experienced damage to their properties from trimmer crews are being offered compensation by BWL. Others, worried about future damage, have joined a new yard sign campaign.

Monarchs Eat in East Lansing during Trip to Mexico

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
East Lansing monarch butterfly sips nectar from an area zinnia

Each fall, monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) from East Lansing fly south to the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. Butterflies that mature during the late summer in East Lansing and other habitat east of the Rocky Mountains migrate thousands of miles south to overwinter in the Mexican bioreserve before heading north again in the spring. They get as far north as the Great Plains before laying their eggs and dying. The Great Plains’ offspring of the East Lansing original butterflies then continue the species’ migration north, back to the northern habitat.

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