This weekend we went to check out the Good Earth Home and Garden Show at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Some of the stuff was pretty cheesy, but I did find some awesome ideas for battling moisture at the homestead.
For starters, we’re developing a little bit of a mold problem in a couple spots inside the house, right around where the vents come out of the attic space. We’ve got some cellulose insulation (old newspapers) — and it seems a little damp. I just put a fan up there and I’m planning to douse the affected spots with peroxide. But the thing that would really help it is new insulation. I just found something called Latitude Wool Insulation. It costs about twice as much as fiberglass, but it breathes better and might be more mold resistant. Any thoughts on Wool Insulation?
Also, we’re looking at some lawn issues. Lots of water out here in West Eugene. I’ve seen a few cool solutions to the Pacific NW lawn issues. Our local lawn and garden distributors, Down To Earth, were pumping up something call Microclover — tiny clovers that require less fertilizer and fungicide and is super low maintenance.
Another great idea for dealing with surface water in Oregon lawns — Rain Gardens. The City of Eugene has a huge list of plants for a rain garden. According to RainGardenNetwork.com, building a rain garden is the easiest thing you can do to reduce contribution to stormwater pollution. Native, water-loving plants capture rainwater from the roof, driveway and sidewalks and filter contaminants. Rain gardens can absorb runoff more efficiently – as much as 30% – 40% more then a standard lawn. Here is a section of tips on planting a rain garden.
I’ll keep you posted on how these ideas progress through the implementation phase.