Tag Archives: Erosion

The Natural World Article By Earthyman From Ion Exchange, Inc.

The natural world, as recognized over and over again can be our best teacher. The struggles and stresses that we perceive in our daily lives can get to be such a drain on us. When this happens, our lives are no longer in cadence or harmony with others and the natural world. We start to feel distressed and lost while even armed with our fine educations, years of therapy, self-awareness and physical fitness. Where do we turn? There seems to be no answer and no one to help us.

I remember when I was very young and my parents used to argue with each other, I would get very upset and walk out of the house. There was an old red oak stump in our timber. I would just sit there, staring at the ground and trees around me. It was my escape and my haven from stress and turmoil. This little wood lot that had been so mistreated and now barely remained had become my friend and companion. Having been stripped of all valuable timber long ago, then grazed, then abandoned, now recovering but extremely scarred, the landscape did not complain but only saw new opportunity for change and a new life. The stripping of its timber was not harbored in a memory bank filled with judgments of greed or bad behavior. No one was being held responsible for the condition of this little parcel. Out of what looked like total defilement and desolation came a new beginning and a new life for this old, old piece of ground.

There were Yellow Warblers, Myrtle Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Ruby Crown Kinglets, and Purple Finches, over 100 species of beautiful birds in this small haven along with squirrels, rabbits and copperheads. It was amazing that this land, so poor, could house and care for such a diversity of life. Underneath the shallow leaves and humus of the oaks and hickories, it was only 2″ to shale rock. Erosion had not even allowed a new soil to stay in place. Now a new soil was starting to form. The oaks grew ever so slowly, but they grew. Now, down the slope, a small clearing, a little knoll occupied by Andropogon virginicus, or Broom Sedge as we called it, was dotted with Eastern Red Cedars. From here, I could lie down in the grass and look to the south and east to see a whole horizon bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Only 12 miles away, I could see Big Bald Mountain on the North Carolina line marked by the Appalachian Trail. It was a beautiful wilderness within site of this abandoned and forgotten vestige that was once a link and connection to these mighty mountains. Like a child cast out into a desert of chaos and severed from its mother, this little wood lot had become an island. My education and awareness might not have been that well established at the age of nine but my feelings were in tact and I knew this was a place where I could go and start to heal and find comfort. I didn’t have to worry about conflict here. I was accepted and I fit in with the rest. I became part of that landscape and it is still within me. I have learned from the great spirit of the natural world. Every change is an opportunity for a new beginning. Nature does not hear or respond to shame, blame, doubt, and guilt nor does she harbor regrets or grudges. She takes what she has and moves on to constantly create more beauty in the world.

I think it’s time to move on and create some beauty in our world. Won’t you join the natural world

Earthyman

http://ionxchange.com/

Iowan’s Plant Natives at Half the Cost Article

Iowan’s are planting native wildflowers and grasses at one half the cost of the seed.  Through a special program and a cooperative effort amongst private growers, Iowa DNR and Pheasants Forever, it is possible to get a voucher to add much diversity to your landscape using species that are native to Iowa.  This is a one of a kind program that benefits everyone involved.  It provides wildlife cover for pheasants, deer, rabbits and a host of beneficial insects including butterflies, moths and many other pollinators.  The natives include such species as Indian Grass and Big Bluestem which root down to enormous depths into the soil which control erosion much better than European imports such as Broom Grass.

Iowa witnessed one of the largest and fastest ecosystem loss in the world as the Tallgrass Prairie was very quickly turned into corn production.  Millions of acres of black rich soil that had been created by the deep-rooted prairie has now vanished.

Thanks to this special Habitat Program created by the  cooperation of Iowa Landowners, Iowa Native Seed Growers, The Iowa DNR and Pheasants Forever, the once lost Tallgrass Prairie is returning to once again replenish precious topsoil and control erosion.

By Howard Bright  http://ionxchange.com/

Start Making Preparations and Plans and Order these Great New Products from Ion Exchange, Inc.

Two great new products being offered by Ion Exchange.
Ion Exchange, Inc. offers two NEW products to assist in areas requiring erosion control methods.
Envirolok and PermaMatrix
These products, used together, will enhance the re-establishment of your project,

whether it be large, small or a Do-It-Yourself.

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Envirolok logoEnvirolik’s patented system provides immediate stabilization, erosion control, and a permanent vegetated solution. Envirolok is adaptable to water or dry land sites.

Envirolok’s patented system provides immediate stabilization, erosion control, and a permanent vegetated solution. Envirolok is adaptable to water or dry land sites.Envirolok information on erosion control

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 PermaMatrixTM

Primes the natural ecosystem using a process designed to mimic relationships found in native ecologies. Results surpass traditional topsoil-seeding-fertilizing efforts.

It is a blend of pure organics and recycled materials for use in all created wetlands and biofiltration swales to improve the performance of the native plant communities without fear of contamination of sensitive waterways!
 PermaMatrixTM Graphic BENEFITS of PermaMatrixTM:

 * Enhanced plant establishment
 * Improved plant performance
 * Pure carbon based organics
 * 30:1 c/n ratio
 * Stimulates production of optimum
   rhizosphere in soil
 * Sustainable
 * Recycled materials
 * Renews poor soils
 * Improves soil microbial life
 * Optimum host for microbes
 * Increased water absorption
 * Carbon sequestration in soil
 * Hydraulically applied
 * Bioremediation for environmental contaminates

PermaMatrixTM Graphic

 

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“Helping you create your own natural beauty”

Howard Bright, President

IonXchange.com

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Envirolok’s patented system provides immediate stabilization, erosion control, and a permanent vegetated solution. Envirolok is adaptable to water or dry land sites.

Envirolok informationprogressive images envirolok

 PermaMatrixTM

Primes the natural ecosystem using a process designed to mimic relationships found in native ecologies. Results surpass traditional topsoil-seeding-fertilizing efforts.

It is a blend of pure organics and recycled materials for use in all created wetlands and biofiltration swales to improve the performance of the native plant communities without fear of contamination of sensitive waterways!
 PermaMatrixTM Graphic BENEFITS of PermaMatrixTM: 

 * Enhanced plant establishment
 * Improved plant performance
 * Pure carbon based organics
 * 30:1 c/n ratio
 * Stimulates production of optimum
   rhizosphere in soil
 * Sustainable
 * Recycled materials
 * Renews poor soils
 * Improves soil microbial life
 * Optimum host for microbes
 * Increased water absorption
 * Carbon sequestration in soil
 * Hydraulically applied
 * Bioremediation for environmental contaminates

PermaMatrixTM Graphic

Ion Exchange, Inc.  Ion Logo 

“Helping you create your own natural beauty”

Howard Bright, President

 IonXchange.com

phone icon

QUESTIONS??

CALL US, 800-291-2143

Emai Icon

   or

Like us on FacebookEMAIL US Visit our blog

hbright@acegroup.cc

Check out our Brilliant Red Wildflowers

ionxchange.com/species_pages/s/silene_regia 

ionxchange.com/species_pages/l/lobelia_cardinalis

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