Chop up those leaves on your lawn

Fall is in full force and leaves are starting to fall in abundance from trees. Rather than raking up all those leaves on your lawn try using your mower to chop them up. Studies have shown improved lawn health as a result of nutrients and organic matter contributed from the leaves. In most cases it will require that you run over the leaves at least twice with the mower. For more details see "Don't Bag It Lawn Care."image of emerald ash borer in relation to a penny

Emerald ash borer found in St. Charles County

A potentially very destructive insect pest to ash trees known as the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in St. Charles County. This is the first known detection in the St. Louis Region. Press release (PDF)

Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: MU Extension webpage | Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)

Been helped by extension?

If you have received help from  Extension programming and/or services in St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is dependent on an annual county council appropriation. Your comments will verify the benefit residents receive from extension. Find your county council member

Buy a brick fundraiser

St. Charles County Extension Council sponsors an ongoing brick fundraising effort to keep our programs and services at their current level. With funding from St. Charles County government reduced by 54 percent since 2008, we are forced to find additional sources of financial support. For each $100 donation, a brick will be inscribed and added to the pathway around our flagpole. Donations are tax-deductible. Brick order form (PDF).

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