Fairy house contest
Botanica will have a contest for best fairy house or gnome home made out of natural materials. The entries will be displayed during the Tulips, Fairies & Friends event in the Downing Children’s Garden from March 23 to April 13. Entries are due by April 12. For more information, go to the website www.botanica.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gabby Brandt at 316-264-0448, ext. 110.
Clean up the de-icer agents
Traction materials such as de-icing chemicals can seem like a great idea in the middle of a snowstorm, but once the storm is over, the materials should be cleaned up. Otherwise they land in the yard, where they can hurt plants and grass; drain down the gutter and into the river, where they are a pollutant; or remain on concrete, which the chemicals can pit.
The Snow & Ice Management Association recommends storing de-icer in an air-tight container to keep it from clumping or freezing, and placing it on a high shelf out of the reach of young children and pets.