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College publications are given 2-part "pub numbers" that are used to identify them. The first part (the prefix) is a set of letters that indicates which series the document belongs to. A series is a grouping of documents that share similar content.

The second part of the pub number is just a sequential number.

Series: Home and Environment



HENV-402
Water Quality and Nutrient Management at Home
7/2/2019 (new)

 UK Authors: Rick Durham, Brad Lee, Gregg Mun
 Departments: Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Fertilizers and other lawn amendments benefit the residential landscape by providing or supplementing the essential nutrients for plant growth and maintenance. Commercial fertilizers are commonly formulated based on three major nutrients, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and each plays an important role in plant development. However, improper application of fertilizers and amendments may increase the risk of non-point source pollution of surface and ground waters.

web only | 4 pages | 2,273 words | 14 downloads | PDF: 381 kb



HENV-204
What is a Watershed?
2/11/2019 (minor revision)

 UK Authors: Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Ag Programs
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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A watershed is an area of land that drains water to a single water body. Watersheds are as small as a few acres draining into a stream or as large as several states draining into the ocean. Smaller watersheds join together to make larger watersheds. Kentucky is divided into seven major watersheds, or basins. Knowing what watershed you live in is a first step toward protecting water quality.

300 printed copies | 8 pages | 586 words | 78 downloads | PDF: 4,306 kb



HENV-203
Stormwater
2/11/2019 (minor revision)

 UK Authors: Carmen Agouridis, Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Ag Programs, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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As stormwater moves across lawns and paved areas, it picks up bacteria, nutrients, sediments, heavy metals, and chemicals before traveling through the storm sewers to our water bodies. Because the stormwater is not cleaned or treated, it creates harmful conditions for the environment and for us.

300 printed copies | 8 pages | 500 words | 141 downloads | PDF: 3,675 kb



HENV-202
Planting Along Your Stream, Pond, or Lake
2/11/2019 (minor revision)

 UK Authors: Carmen Agouridis, Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Ag Programs, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Kentucky has more than 90,000 miles of rivers and streams and thousands of ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands. You can improve your surroundings and the quality of your stream, pond, or lake by planting an area called a riparian buffer or buffer zone.

300 printed copies | 8 pages | 710 words | 146 downloads | PDF: 3,994 kb



HENV-105
Planning a Zero-Waste Event
2/4/2015 (new)

 UK Authors: Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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The goal of a zero-waste event (e.g., meeting, business event, birthday party, field day, wedding, etc.) is to minimize the amount of waste produced. The key to hosting a zero-waste event is good advanced planning. This publication will guide you as you plan and carry out your event.

web only | 8 pages | 1,897 words | 37 downloads | PDF: 3,353 kb



HENV-205
Residential Rain Garden: Design, Construction, Maintenance
5/1/2014 (new)

 UK Authors: Rick Durham, Brad Lee, Brad Lee,
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Forestry and Natural Resources,
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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This publication covers the design, construction, and maintenance of residential ran gardens. Rain gardens are one of several stormwater management practices that homeowners can use to reduce their property's negative impact on water quality and flooding.

web only | 15 pages | 6,021 words | 165 downloads | PDF: 6,000 kb



HENV-206
Understanding and Protecting Kentucky's Watersheds
11/8/2013 (new)

 UK Authors: Jenny Cocanougher, Amanda A. Gumbert,
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, County Extension
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Regardless of where you are, you are always in a watershed. A watershed is any area of land that drains water to a single water body such as a stream or lake.

web only | 3 pages | 6,687 words | 104 downloads | PDF: 2,511 kb



HENV-401
Managing Insects and Spiders in the Home
8/29/2013 (new)

 UK Authors: Blake Newton
 Departments: Entomology
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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This guide is designed to help you tell the "bad" bugs from the harmless ones and to show you a few basic steps that you can take to detect the most common indoor pests and to prevent problems before they happen.

web only | 11 pages | 4,738 words | 84 downloads | PDF: 7,891 kb



HENV-509
How Water Use Impacts Septic System Performance
7/25/2013 (new)

 UK Authors: Brad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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The purpose of this publication is to discuss home water use patterns and suggest water conservation measures that could improve septic system performance and reduce the risks of hydraulic overload or other kinds of system failure.

web only | 4 pages | 1,613 words | 42 downloads | PDF: 1,000 kb



HENV-508
Landscaping Septic Systems with Native Plants
2/15/2013 (new)

 UK Authors: Rick Durham, Brad Lee
 Departments: Horticulture, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Septic system components sometimes have unsightly aboveground pipes, risers, ventilation systems, or large mounds. Homeowners can improve the appearance of these functional features through site design and, in particular, plant material selection.

web only | 6 pages | 2,782 words | 91 downloads | PDF: 1,384 kb



HENV-601
Saving Water at Home
10/17/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Ashley Osborne, Joe Taraba
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineer
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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By conserving water, we decrease our demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water. Simply put, by conserving water we save energy.

web only | 7 pages | 3,036 words | 58 downloads | PDF: 1,902 kb



HENV-507
Flood Conditions and Your Septic System
9/19/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Brad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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The most common septic systems used in the United States employ soil treatment area to treat and disperse wastewater into the environment. The soil treatment area consists of a network of perforated pipes within gravel-filled trenches. Under normal environmental conditions, well designed and managed septic systems work very well at dispersing wastewater and removing pathogens from the wastewater before they reach groundwater or surface waters.

web only | 3 pages | 1,078 words | 17 downloads | PDF: 1,002 kb



HENV-505
Impacts of Additives on Septic System Performance
9/19/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Mark Coyne, Brad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Septic system additive vendors often market their products as necessities that improve septic system performance or repair failing systems. Rather than address specific products, this publication examines general categories of these additives. This publication also describes the treatment functions of septic systems and the available scientific data regarding the effectiveness of septic system additives.

web only | 4 pages | 1,438 words | 21 downloads | PDF: 697 kb



HENV-504
Importance of Wastewater Biological Oxygen Demand in Septic Systems
9/19/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Mark Coyne, Brad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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A high BOD value means potential septic system problems for homeowners; a low BOD means fewer problems for homeowners. This publication describes the environmental impacts of BOD, shows how BOD is distributed in septic systems, and describes remediation strategies for excess BOD.

web only | 4 pages | 1,432 words | 9 downloads | PDF: 1,224 kb



HENV-503
Septic Tanks: The Primary Treatment Device of Septic Systems
9/19/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Brad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Septic tanks play an essential role in effectively treating wastewater in areas without municipal sewage treatment. Homeowners often assume that the septic tank in their backyard is their septic system. Actually, the tank is merely the first of a series of components that make up a well-designed septic system.

web only | 4 pages | 1,320 words | 21 downloads | PDF: 1,720 kb



HENV-502
Septic System Failure and Environmental Impacts
9/19/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Brad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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More than one-third of new homes and over half of the mobile homes in the U.S. depend on septic systems. Here in Kentucky, approximately 40 percent of the homes have septic systems. This is common in the southeast, where there are more septic systems per capita than any other region of the country.

web only | 3 pages | 1,196 words | 23 downloads | PDF: 630 kb



HENV-501
Septic System Maintenance: Care and Feeding of Your System
9/19/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Brad Lee
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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This publication provides homeowners with a basic introduction to septic systems by explaining how septic systems function and suggesting ways to better maintain systems and increase their longevity.

web only | 4 pages | 1,337 words | 34 downloads | PDF: 1,596 kb



HENV-506
Turfgrass Color: Indicator of Septic System Performance
9/13/2012 (new)

 UK Authors: Brad Lee, Gregg Munshaw
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Many homeowners notice color differences in the turfgrass over their septic system soil treatment area. Most often, homeowners observe green or brown stripes in their turfgrass relative to the surrounding lawn. This discoloration is worth keeping an eye on because turfgrass color is often an early sign that serious problems are about to occur.

web only | 3 pages | 697 words | 20 downloads | PDF: 1,135 kb



HENV-706
Going Green: Living an Environmentally Responsible Life
7/5/2011 (new)

 UK Authors: Amanda A. Gumbert, Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Adopting a green lifestyle means making deliberate choices to lighten our impact on the natural world.

web only | 7 pages | 2,724 words | 59 downloads | PDF: 1,392 kb



HENV-705
Natural Lighting
2/24/2011 (new)

 UK Authors: Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Follow these home decorating and landscaping tips to reduce your energy consumption and utility costs.

web only | 4 pages | 1,110 words | 19 downloads | PDF: 2,251 kb



HENV-704
Tips for Conserving Water at Home
2/24/2011 (new)

 UK Authors: Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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By conserving water, we decrease our demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water. Simply put, by conserving water we save energy.

web only | 5 pages | 1,658 words | 35 downloads | PDF: 1,525 kb



HENV-104
Household Waste Management 4: Hazardous Waste
9/8/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee,
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Everyday products found around your house contain hazardous chemicals--everything from nail polish remover to household electronics to oil for your car.

web only | 4 pages | - | 9 downloads | PDF: 514 kb



HENV-103
Household Waste Management 3: Recycle
9/8/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee,
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Americans create about 5 pounds of waste per day, half of which is recycled in some manner, leaving roughly 2.5 pounds of waste per day going to landfills.

web only | 4 pages | - | 11 downloads | PDF: 936 kb



HENV-102
Household Waste Management 2: Reuse
9/8/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee,
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Reuse is essentially any action that extends the life of a product and keeps it out of the waste system. The process of reusing an item can start even before you purchase it.

web only | 4 pages | - | 10 downloads | PDF: 484 kb



HENV-101
Household Waste Management 1: Reduce
9/8/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Brad Lee,
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Reducing, at the top of the waste management hierarchy, has the greatest impact on the environment and starts with you reducing the number of products you purchase and use.

web only | 4 pages | - | 11 downloads | PDF: 801 kb



HENV-703
Saving Energy and Money: Appliances
8/30/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Tyler Henningsen, Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Appliances are designed to save time and money, but if an appliance is not in itself energy efficient or is operated improperly it could be wasting money. Ensuring that you have an ENERGY STAR--approved appliance is one solution; another is the proper operation, location, and maintenance of appliances.

web only | 4 pages | - | 8 downloads | PDF: 889 kb



HENV-702
Saving Energy and Money at Home and on the Road
8/30/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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This publication features 15 suggestions to help you save money, reduce your energy consumption, and preserve our natural resources.

web only | 4 pages | - | 10 downloads | PDF: 1,588 kb



HENV-701
Saving Energy and Money: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
7/28/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Ashley Osborne
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a CFL lasts up to ten times longer, uses approximately one-fourth the energy, and produces 25 percent less heat while producing more light per watt than a traditional incandescent bulb.

web only | 4 pages | - | 9 downloads | PDF: 880 kb



HENV-201
Building a Rain Barrel
7/28/2010 (new)

 UK Authors: Carmen Agouridis, Tyler Henningsen,
 Departments: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineer
 Series: Home and Environment (HENV series)
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Rain barrels offer a number of benefits such as helping to reduce stormwater runoff, decreasing municipal water usage, and potentially protecting your home's foundation. Impervious surfaces such as rooftops, parking lots, and roads prevent rainwater or stormwater from soaking into the soil.

web only | 8 pages | - | 115 downloads | PDF: 1,480 kb