Native Plants

Native plants offer many benefits from improving soil health to keeping our waterways clean. The long root systems of native plants extend deep within the soil, creating a system of channels that allows water to infiltrate into the soil. In addition, these deep root systems can also remove nutrients and other pollutants from the soil and water. They require little or no fertilizer because they thrive in local soil conditions so not only will you save money on chemical and fertilizer…

Pond Management

From pond design to construction to maintenance, the staff at Summit SWCD provide homeowners with the resources and information they need to enjoy their backyard pond.

Drainage Concerns


The Ohio Laws that govern water rights and drainage are very complex. Disputes between landowners are often settled in civil court on a case by case basis and can be very expensive. The District encourages a cooperative effort between landowners to solve these problems, for it's usually the most successful method for all parties involved. Simply put, water should enter and leave your property where it did prior to earth disturbing activities. A landowner is entitled to reasonable use of…

Soils Information

Looking to plant a soil test vegetable garden or curious why your flowers aren’t blooming their brightest? Then a soil test may be the answer you are looking for. A soil test measures the amount of nutrients and other vital elements in your soil that is available for your plants to feed on. The results will let you know which fertilizer is needed, if any, to get the best results from your plants. Soil test kits are available for pick up at our office.

If you want to learn the soils…

Backyard Conservation

Storm water runoff is the result of rain water and other forms of precipitation flowing over various surfaces such as yards, concrete, asphalt, and roof tops. This runoff is easily contaminated by pollutants and debris that degrades the quality of streams, lakes, and rivers.

Your yard is an important component of healthy soil and water quality. As a homeowner, you can help clean up stormwater, minimize runoff, provide wildlife habitat, and improve soil health and the water quality of…