Benzie County, Michigan

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Plant Identification

We recently moved to a new home and this is a plant that is coming up near the house. Can you tell me what it is? I have tried to find out it's identity and cannot.

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Benzie County MI over 2 years ago

Raised Flower Bed

I’m putting in a driveway, in the spring, and will put in a flower garden next to it. The area next to the driveway is slopes (15:1) and measures 60L x 25W and I will raise the area at the roadway by 4 feet. I don’t want to just fill the whole area with topsoil because I feel it’s a waste of topsoil. Is there a layering methods using various aggregates, sand, and topsoil providing good drainage? Any applicable drawings would be helpful. Thank you.


Benzie County MI flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials about 1 month ago

Composting ashes

Can I put ashes from my wood stove on the compost pile to be used for gardening later?


Benzie County MI over 1 year ago

Natural / Organic Beef

If I rase Natural or Organic Beef what kind of buffer zone do I need between my hay field that i feed my cattle or pasture where i keep them , and my neighbors apple orchard / Cherry orchard that he sprays with pesticides and herbicides, also is it the same buffer zone along side a corn field that sprays pesticides and herbicides ?


Benzie County MI organic production over 6 years ago

Lower Herring Lake Benzie County shoreline erosion prevention

We have a cottage with 85 feet of shoreline on Lower Herring Lake in Frankfort, MI off M-22. The lake connects to Lake Michigan through Herring Creek. Over the last year, the lake level has risen so much that our dam no longer keeps the water in the lake constant. We now are at Lake Michigan levels as the water is about three feet over the dam. Lake levels continue to rise and we are advised that they could get even higher this year and next. Our shoreline has eroded about 10 to 15 feet from last year. We contacted two certified shoreline experts for plans to prevent further erosion. However, between April and now, so much further erosion has occurred due to rising lake levels that we feel the situation is unstable and a comprehensive plan is not viable. A Benzie County staff person, Frank Post suggested that native plants were the only option without obtaining a permit. Is this something we can do now on our own and if so, what would you suggest (including specific plant options and where to purchase them either on line or nursery)? I can send pictures if this will help. Thanks. Marilyn Raymond cell 248.763-5343 email


Benzie County MI shoreline management lakes erosion 7 months ago

Early September Lawn Problems

Hello, The attached photos show my customer's lawn with gray/brown patches throughout. If you zoom in close on the photos, you'll also see areas of an oily black substance. They tell me that they have not had a lot of rain, nor have they been watering a lot. They mentioned several areas with toadstools. Can you help to identify what's going on here and also offer solutions to help them remove these problem areas? Thank you.


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Benzie County MI lawn care lawn management over 1 year ago

grape production benzie co.

i rcently bought several acres in benzie co. oustside frankfort mi. approx.800ft. elevation on a bluff 1/4 to 1/2 mile from lake mi. what are my chances of grape production of vinifera varietals ?


Benzie County MI grapes almost 6 years ago

vinifera production benzie co.

i recently purchased several acres in benzie co. south of frankfort about 800ft ele.on a bluff approx. 1/4 to 1/2 mile from lake mi. will i have any success with vinifera grapes? i know soil content will play in this question


Benzie County MI grapes viticulture almost 6 years ago

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