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May
19

Indian Lake Properties

Indian Lake in Ohio features a 5,800 acre lake, optimal for boating, inland sailing, skiing and other water activities. There is lots to experience at this hidden gem of the Midwest. Here are some of the 10 best reasons to visit Indian Lake in Ohio.

 

  1. Indian Lake - water skiing is popular as is fishing, hiking, camping and visiting the beaches. Several islands dot the lake for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a more quiet experience. Resort homes, vacation rentals and permanent residences surround the lake which provides entertainment for the whole family.

  2. Waterfront dining - several restaurants offer boat docking for easy access to food such as burgers, fries, sandwiches, pizza and fine dining for a beautiful evening on the water. Live entertainment is a staple at several places in Russells Point and surrounding areas. Locals and visitors love to spend time enjoying all these restaurants, big and small, have to offer.

  3. Indian Lake islands - includes the "Indian Isles" chain which arcs through the center of the lake. Wildlife areas are accessible through various channels, inlets and bays with approximately 30 miles of shoreline. Oldfield Beach adjoins the lake which is the end point of a several mile lakefront biking and walking trail.

  4. Festivals - Every year, the Jimmy Buffett weekend kicks off the first week of February along with the annual Boat Show first weekend in March. A fireworks display for Fourth of July celebration observances brings in the crowds to enjoy good food, neighbors and fun. Hundreds of boats line the water and crowds gather on the shores. The "Ring of Fire" on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend, extends an Indian tradition in celebration of harvest.

  5. Indian Lake State Park - naturalist programs, playgrounds, basketball, volleyball, bicycle and boat rentals are just some activities available for campers. Some sites include electrical hookups. Hiking, bike trails and winter activities including snowmobiling and ice fishing make this a perfect spot to enjoy year round.

  6. Beaches - some of the public beaches for visitors include Old Field Beach with 1,200 feet of beautiful sand and shelter houses with water fountains and toilets. Fox Island Beach is near Russells Point and three areas on Indian Lake exist for boats to anchor and enjoy swimming.

  7. Bellefontaine - Home to Mad River Mountain Ski Resort, Marmom Valley Farm and Cherokee Hills Golf Course, shopping and entertainment, there is something for everyone here.

  8. Ohio Caverns - enjoy 35 acres of natural caves formed thousands of years ago. Perfect for families to explore together.

  9. Serenity and peace - the beauty of Indian Lake in Ohio is the ability to enjoy crowds, fun and excitement but also find quiet places to get away from it all.

Midwestern charm - friendly locals make this an oasis from city life and everyone is having a good time, young and old, so it is the perfect place to go for an enjoyable time and to meet friendly people. Add Indian Lake as a reason to visit Ohio!

 

Get more advice about these 10 reasons you need to visit Indian Lake!

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October
7

A flash of yellow darts around the garden, feeding on flowering seed heads or stopping at bird feeders. What could it be? Meet the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis), one of the only vegetarian songbirds. Because they don't feed their young insects, they're able to hold off their nesting habits until later in the year, June or July, when seeds are abundant.

 

Here are some tips for making your garden inviting to these yellow birds:

Some common plant favorites of the American Goldfinch to feed on are thistle, sunflowers, asters, and milkweed. Looking to the trees will find these birds enjoying alder, birch, and western red cedar. They will work bits and pieces of these plants into their tightly-woven nests for both warmth and as a food source.

Goldfinches want and need an ideal habitat for seed-hunting, like shrubby fields or forest edges.

These birds prefer to build their nests in shrubs or young trees, but several feet off the ground. To maximize your chances of attracting mating pairs, be sure to incorporate larger shrub species.

Keep any feeders you have full, and clean. American goldfinches are at risk of getting mycoplasmal conjunctivitis—house finch eye disease—from birdfeeders. If you do notice that your winged guests have crusty eyes, take down the feeders and disinfect them with a 10 percent bleach solution then leave them down for about a week so the birds can heal rather than continue to spread the disease.

American goldfinches are one of the U.S.'s national treasures. Thanks to their assorted adaptations, they are often the object of fascination and admiration for everyday backyard gardeners and ornithologists alike.  If you attract the American Goldfinch to your backyard, let us know and snap a picture if you can!

 

Plant late summer to be ready for your guests to arrive in the fall!

 

Get more advice on attracting the animals you want visiting your home.

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October
7

Getting back to nature is a wonderful thing. However, looking out your front window to see the local wildlife destroying your landscaping and foraging off your heirloom varietals isn't. 

You can do something extreme—like put up a ten foot fence to keep them out. This might work, maybe . . . but you'd be surprised how resourceful and agile animals can be. You could go to your local outdoor store and procure bottles of assorted wild animal urine to spray around as a deterrent. Again, it works for a short time, but is not a long-term solution (and who really wants to mess around with feral urine?). Another, more viable, option is to revisit your landscaping choices. Use nature to outwit natural animal tendencies.

Ground covers are practical, versatile, and affordable. While there are hundreds of ground cover options, only a handful can stand up to deer. Most deer-resistant covers are highly invasive, so you want to plant responsibly; i.e., if you don't have a lot of deer or other foragers, you may want to forgo these or risk having your property overrun.  These plants can help keep deer out of your garden this season.

 

1. Eastern Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens)

  • Also known as wintergreen

  • Native to cold-weather climates of the eastern U.S.

  • Has small urn-shaped flowers in the Spring, followed by red berries; in the Fall, its evergreen foliage is bronze-tinged

  • Needs rich, acidic soil and is a good choice for growing around azaleas, hydrangeas and rhododendrons.

 

2. Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

  • Also known as bearberry

  • Sun-loving option as majority of deer-resistant, non invasive groundcovers prefer shade

  • A type of wild manzanita that grows as a low, spreading mat on the West Coast. East Coasters: look for cultivars taken from the eastern subspecies, such as 'Massachusetts'

  • Has the same evergreen foliage and smooth reddish bark manzanitas are known for

 

3. Dwarf Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

  • Also known as leadwort

  • Sun tolerant

  • Tough, well-behaved, easy-to-grow ground cover from China

  • Foliage with sky-blue flowers which appear sporadically from midsummer through fall.

  • With the first frost of fall, the foliage becomes tinged with a burgundy color

  • Can aggressively spread with rich soil and lots of moisture

WARNING: Wear gloves when pruning or handling the plant as contact may cause dermatitis.

 

4. Barrenwort (Epimedium spp.)

  • Also known as horny goat weed

  • Tough ground cover which thrives in shady areas under large trees

  • Spreads at a moderate rate but not considered aggressive or invasive

  • Has heart-shaped leaves and hat-like flowers

  • For resisiting deer, look for varieties such as 'Sulphureum' or red barrenwort

 

5. Pachysandra  (Pachysandra spp.)

  • Most common form used is also known as Japanese spurge

  • High degree of shade tolerance

  • One of the cold-hardiest evergreen ground covers

  • Can be aggressive with growth under ideal conditions

WARNING: Pachysandra is poisonous and should not be used where there is a concern that children, pets, or livestock may consume it.

 

6. Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

  • Also known as wild baby's breath

  • Native to Europe but used in the Northeast US as deer avoid eating it despite the sweet fragrance it emits.  

 

Get more advice on keeping deer and other citters out of your garden.

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June
18

As the fireworks displays loom near in our imaginations, we're all a little excited by the greatest summer holiday there is: Independence Day! This time of year usually means outdoor barbeques and family gatherings beneath an open sky as we watch a brilliant display of fireworks to commemorate the urge toward freedom and community that has always defined the American people.

 

Logan County and the surrounding Indian Lake community is well known for its welcoming personality and ties to the land and history of the region.  That's never more true than during the 4th of July celebrations that abound around the lake. As one of the busiest times of year for the Indian Lake community, we welcome our fellow countrymen to the celebration and raise a cold drink to the Land of the Free!

 

Enjoy the fireworks and remember that it's always a great time to buy a house in Indian Lake!

March
13

 

It's getting warmer every day and we're on our way to Spring!  Northerners are always sick of winter by March and the promise of warmer weather on the horizon is usually the only thing keeping us from going stir-crazy with the cabin fever.  We're all personally excited about the return of warm weather because the Indian Lake area really comes back to life.

 

Fishing & Boating

Kicked off by this year's Indian Lake Boat Show, the Lake itself will be the perfect place to get a boat on the water and cast a line.  Fishermen come from all over Ohio to fish in Indian Lake.  There is no horsepower restriction on the water so boats of all sizes and speeds can be found cruising along the surface.  Grab a fishing license and get ready to get out on the water!

 

Hiking & Camping

As the weathergets warmer, more and more of us are eagerly venturing out of the house to explore the trails and parks that make Ohio such a beautiful place to live.  Indian Lake State Park has a number of exceptional landscapes to explore from its winding network of trails and campsites.  We always love hearing from the out-of-town visitors that make it to thearea for the first camping of the season.

 

Local Festivals and Events

In addition to appreciating the natural world around us in the spring time, many of us are gearing up for several fun, family-friendly festivals and street fairs that dot the many townships and communities around Indian Lake.  The Boat Show and Maple Syrup Festival are just the start of a long summer of community fun.

 

We're as excited for this year's warm weather as anyone.  If you have plans or suggestions for how to celebrate the thawing snow, leave a comment!

March
16

 

It's almost here!   So many of us are anxiously awaiting the onset of warmer weather and the energy of spring.  While you get yourself geared up for spring cleaning and swimsuits, we suggest planning an area of the yard for a garden.  Having a garden of your own is a wonderful way to connect with the natural landscape around your home and grow fresh flowers, veggies, and herbs for your home. 

 

Flowers

It's always a boon to have fresh flowers in a vase on the table.  Growing your own flowers around the house gives you a steady supply of luscious color and life to bring into your home each week.   Flowers are a wonderful way to brighten and liven up any room in your home and add extra value when showing the space to potential buyers.   

 

Vegetables

There's nothing quite like eating and sharing food with your family that you've grown and harvested yourself.  Although few of us are farmers these days, we can still enjoy a nice salad from our own gardens if we plant a few heads of lettuce, cucumber, and every Ohioan's favorite: tomatoes.  A vegetable garden brings a connection to the earth that we're all sometimes missing in the modern industrialized world.  Be careful to fence your garden or you'll be feeding the neighborhood rabbits and deer!

 

Herbs

Not everyone is totally invested in the medicinal nature of wild herbs but there are certainly other usesfor standard herb gardens. Sage, Basil, and Chives are common herbs used in the kitchen and are quite simple to grow in anoutdoor garden or even an indoor window box.  Herbs can also be burned as an aromatic, similar to potpourri. 

 

Studies show that working with plants and getting your hands in the dirt of the Earth can actually reduce stress and anxiety so what have you got to lose?   Send us pictures of your gardens this year and we'll post them to our Instagram!

March
10

It seems like winter is never going away here in the northern part of Ohio and even across the northern Midwest!  Perhaps the season is starting later and finishing later.  Either way, as residents of this beautiful state, it can sometimes be a daunting challenge to make it through the cold months.   In case you're struggling, here are a few tips from the locals on weathering the winter.

 

 

Shovels are Your Friend

No one likes to get out there and do it but, let's face it, if you don't shovel your sidewalk and driveway, there's no going anywhere!   Keeping a clear walkway can prevent slipping and injury for you and any passing neighbors.  Likewise, it seems like a good solution at the time, but just driving over the snow on your driveway only packs it down and turns it to slippery ice.  Make sure you shovel the snow off the drive before you roll your car across it.  You'll thank yourself later.

 

Salt Prevents Slipping

When the ice is really bad and it's impossible to walk a few steps without slipping and falling, you can put down a scattering of salt brine to help.  The salt will soak up and melt the ice, stabilizing the slippery surfaces and providing traction for your shoes and tires.  Salt can help with sidewalks and driveways.  Unfortunately, it's also really messy and after the northern Ohio snow is all gone, you'll have a residue of salt on your car and across the pavement.  Nothing a little spray of the garden hose can't take off, however.

 

Let Your Car Warm Up

In the summer time, if you're in a hurry or late for work, you can just jump in your car and take off like a crazy blaze of fire.  Not so in the winter.  When the weather in Ohio is cold and freezing temperatures have settled in overnight, it's important to let the car run for ten minutes or so before driving it anywhere.  Driving a cold engine can cause damage to fluid lines and the transmission.  Don't risk it.  Let the car idle for a few minutes before it goes anywhere.

 

If you stick with some of the tried and true tips from well-seasoned Ohioans, you'll have no trouble getting through the snowy season and into spring.  While you're here, enjoy some of the beautiful natural landscapes in the parks and wild areas as the snow settles onto naked tree canopies and across lush green pines.  

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