Purposeful gardens — habitat, edible and sustainable — have been on the rise and 2014 promises more of the same. When selecting materials for your garden or outdoor space, remember, one of the most important rules is “less is more.” Choose one or two hard landscaping materials, and make sure they suit the style of your garden, rather than simply following the latest trends.
Patuxent Companies celebrates over a quarter century in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
It started back in 1987, with a few used dump trucks and a dream (Flickr photos here). Patuxent Materials, Inc. started with a small construction aggregate re-sale yard and associated hauling operation has grown into a market leader in the local aggregate industry with multiple quarry, recycle and hauling operations throughout Maryland.
Patuxent Roll-Off has been a longtime supporter of the MSP Polar Bear Plunge and is proud to announce that we will once again participate in the event by donating dumpsters. Each year the Maryland State Police sponsors this event that raises funds for Special Olympics of Maryland (SOMD).
This year, Patuxent Roll-Off was proud to support the Maritime Republic of Eastport’s annual tug of war through the donation of a dumpster, in support of Special Olympics Maryland. Each year, residents of Eastport and residents of the City of Annapolis stage a tug of war over Spa Creek, the body of water that separates Eastport from the rest of the city. In fact, it is the largest over water tug-of-war in the world!
Although many Maryland counties are fighting back, like the new Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, who vetoed the decision of the State of Maryland legislators, who basically said, "Heck, No! We need to figure something else out for the citizens and businesses of Maryland" , but many counties are scrambling trying to figure out how to come up with the funds to implement the new law.
So, where did this "rain tax" come from anyway? Our Federal Government, of course! It was a new law passed over a year ago at the Federal level, the so called, Stormwater Management Law, which had been passed down from the Federal Government to the individual States, one being our beautiful State of Maryland. During the most recent legislation, our State Delegates passed the decision to pass the buck down to the more populated Maryland Counties. Well, you know how the story ends... that means the counties need to decide if they will impose the "rain tax"on to it's citizens, businesses, landowners and churches. But, let us not forget, the county government buildings and parking lots are not effected by this new "rain tax" bill, they are exempt, of course!
A recent article in the Baltimore Sun states that the new Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, a Republican, might have a hard time with the veto, however, there are many delegates, both Democrat and Republican, whom would like to have the "rain tax" stormwater management fees be reviewed again. A letter dated April 25, 2013 from County Executive Laura Neuman on the Anne Arundel County website, states, she would like to review the Anne Arundel County Bill No. 2-13: Stormwater Management – Watershed Protection and Restoration Special Revenue Fund and Program, and come up with a better solution. Only time will tell, but in the mean time, we are happy to have someone who holds the position of County Executive who will stand up for what they believe is the right thing to do! With that, we say "thank you Laura Neuman!"
The state mandated deadline in July 1, 2013. Let's hope the powers that be figure it out soon!
If you'd like to find out more on how to make your own rain garden in your yard or community, check out this recent blog post on How to Install Rain Gardens and why they are important for our Waterways for more info.
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Have you thought about adding a rain garden to your yard or community, but weren't sure what they do or how to install one? Patuxent Materials has delivered materials to many Anne Arundel County area contractors and residents for the installation of rain gardens, including the Anne Arundel County Watersheds Academy sponsored rain gardens throughout Anne Arundel county.
Think about it, what makes humans healthy and strong? Water, nutrients, vitamins and good genes! Well, think of your garden soil in the same way. The good "genes" in the soil are the components that are typically in soils throughout the U.S. Many regions have varied soil conditions, from very sandy soil to heavy red clay. Each region has it's own unique "gene". Here in Maryland, we have everything from sandy soils on Maryland's Eastern Shore to very clay prone areas throughout Maryland.