Contractors List

Need a contractor to install tile drainage, build a pond, or any other type of earthmoving?  Check our list for information on local land improvement contractors.

Contractors List

Drainage Issues

This publication discusses surface and subsurface drainage issues and ideas on how to take care of them.

Drainage Around Your Home


Drainage Maintenance Program

Drainage Maintenance Program in Subdivisions


Drainage Petition Resources

Learn about Ohio’s drainage laws and how to petition to have a drainage area placed under the Delaware County maintenance program.

Drainage Petition Process

Ohio Drainage Petition Procedures

Pollinators and Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Gardens Guides

Help these beautiful, yet imperiled, creatures on your property.

Create your own conservation cover: pollinator quick guide

Backyards for Butterflies

Milkweeds & Monarchs

Planting for Pollinators:  Principles and Design for Residential Pollinator Habitat

Guide to Monarch Habitat in Gardens

Type in your zip code to get the specific plan for your location for selecting plants to install for pollinators.

Selecting Plants for Pollinators

Local Sources for Native Plants

Pond Resources

Whether you have a pond (or are hoping to build one) — these publications will guide you in the planning, care, and maintenance of owning a pond.

Pond Design and Management Handbook

Ohio Pond Management Handbook

Muddy Water in Ponds:  Causes, Prevention, and Remedies

Placing Artificial Fish Attractors in Ponds and Reservoirs

Winter and Summer Fish Kills in Ponds

Fish Species Selection for Pond Stocking

Be A Responsible Grass Carp Owner

Coping with Canada Geese: Conflict Management and Damage Prevention Strategies

A Management Challenge: Water Quality in Residential-Neighborhood Ponds


Need one-on-one help?  Access Open Pond Clinic via Zoom with Eugene Bragg, Program Director of Aquatic Ecosystems at Ohio State University Extension – School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels attach to your downspout or rain chain to capture rainwater runoff.

Rain Barrel Brochure

Rain Garden Manual

Rain gardens provide a beautiful way to capture and filter stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces around the home and office.  This manual is the perfect recipe for creating one on your property.

Rain Garden Manual

A Guide to Rain Gardens

Soil Testing

Soil tests provide a wealth of information on soils around your home.

Soil Testing for Ohio Lawns, Landscapes, Fruit Crops, and Vegetable Gardens

Why Soil Test Graphic

How to Collect a Soil Sample Quick Guide

Soil Testing Labs

Trees and Managing Woodlots

Learn to choose, properly plant, or manage woody plants on your property.

Alternatives for Invasive Plants in Ohio

Hand Planting Trees and Shrubs

Managing Small Forest Patches for Birds

Local Sources for Native Plant Purchases