Nut Wizards, rain barrels are available 10.27

Written by David Green.

A unique tool—the nut wizard—is available for purchase at the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District. The nut wizard will pick up walnuts, acorns or hickory nuts, and comes in three different sizes.

A long handle is attached to a wire egg-shaped basket where the nuts are collected  as the tool rolls over the nuts on the ground.

View the nut wizard at www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd or stop in at the office located at 8770 St. Rt. 108, in Wauseon, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District (Fulton SWCD) has rain barrels and tumbling composters available for purchase.  

A rain barrel system collects and stores rainwater from the roof, which would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. The rain barrel supplies free “soft water” which contains no chlorine, lime or calcium and makes it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing. 

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel will save most homeowners nearly 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves consumers money. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams.

A rain barrel system is an easy way to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use.  

The rain barrels are re-used 55 to 60 gallon food-grade barrels with a hose connector, linking hose connector, and overflow connection.  The top of the barrel contains a screen to catch leaves and insects.

For more information, to see a rain barrel on display, or learn about other services offered, stop in at the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, located at 8770 St. Rt. 108, Suite B, in Wauseon, across from the fairgrounds, visit www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd or call 419/337-9217. 

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