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Tilton Conservation Commission, 257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276            Early Winter 2012              Archived Newsletters             

Early Winter 2012 Newsletter

A Special Place to Visit in Tilton

The town of Tilton has many special places natural, historic, architectural, and retail.
         This Tilton Conservation Newsletter offers a glimpse into one of those special places

Pauli's Bakery and Restaurant in Tilton, NH 

Pauli's Bakery and Restaurant

Located on Main Street in downtown Tilton, Pauli's offers breakfast and lunch daily.
The restaurant is well-known delicious homemade breads, breakfasts, sandwiches,
 and the daily specials.  With its typical small town atmosphere, this is a gathering place
for locals and for tourists visiting the area. The gaily decorated windows change
  with the seasons and holidays. Be sure to arrive early because this is a
  very popular place to eat and people travel from all over to come here. As you do your
holiday shopping, Pauli's would be a great place to start your busy day with breakfast
or to take a break from the hustle and bustle to have lunch.

Best Burn Practices

The EPA has some suggested best practices for consumers who heat with wood.

1. Season wood throughout the summer for at least 6 months before burning it.
    Properly seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain, and sounds
    hollow when smacked against another piece of wood.
2. Wood burns best when the moisture content is less than 20%. You can purchase
    a wood moisture meter to test the moisture content of your wood before you burn it.
3. Store wood outdoors - stacked neatly off the ground with the top covered.
4. Burn only dry, seasoned wood that has been split properly.
5. Burn hot fires.
6. Regularly remove ashes from your stove into a covered metal container and store outdoors.
7. Never burn household garbage or cardboard. Plastics, foam, and colored
ink in magazines,
    boxes, and wrappers produce harmful chemicals when burned. They may also damage your stove.


What About the Leaves All Over Your Lawn?

Autumn leaves and rake

Leaves are packed with
carbon, phosphorus, and trace minerals that trees draw up from deep in the soil. In a woodland setting, these minerals are added back into the soil each year when the leaves fall and then decompose. However, in a lawn setting, most people rake or blow every single leaf away taking away all those nutrients.

Why waste this excellent and free source of nutrition for the lawn and trees whose roots extend below the lawn. Don't rake or blow the leaves. Mulch them into your lawn.

Studies at Purdue University show that mulching leaves into the turf can be beneficial to soil and grass. Soils with mulched leaves showed increased microbial activity and better water infiltration. A Michigan State University study showed that when leaves were mulched into established turf, the grass greened up quicker in the spring and also had fewer dandelions.

Instead, mow the leaves on your lawn into dime-sized pieces and let them fall to the soil. Once the leaf bits settle in, microbes and worms will begin to recycle them.

Shrubs and perennials will benefit from a leaf mulch which is nutritious and keeps the soil from eroding during heavy rain.

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