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2008-09-09 12:00:18

By BARRY FUGATT Consider this. It takes the same time and energy to mow an ugly, weedy lawn as it does to mow a lush and healthy one. Therefore, since we're going to mow either way, it only makes sense to keep the lawn green and pretty. And I want to teach you how to do that with a minimum of expense and labor. On Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave., I'll teach a class on lawn establishment and care. In this class you'll learn which grasses are...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

By Larisa Brass, The Knoxville News Sentinel, Tenn. Jul. 29--LAWNS TURN GREEN -- NOT JUST IN COLOR: These days, keeping a green lawn can refer as equally to its state of environmental friendliness as to its color. Green lawn care spans all aspects of maintaining yards and gardens, from the plants one chooses to maintenance practices to products and equipment -- believe it or not, those old-fashioned, muscle-powered push mowers are seeing a revival. Sam Rogers, associate...

2008-07-27 15:00:00

By Marty Hair Homeowners struggling to grow grass under mature shade trees wage a losing battle. Each spring, they scuff up the spots where the lawn is missing or thin, then scatter new topsoil and grass seed. They water. The grass seed germinates. But before long, the bare spots are back. Big trees, especially shallow-rooted ones like some maples, cast dense shade, making it difficult to impossible for grass to survive underneath. In addition, the trees' roots soak up most of the...

2008-07-22 06:00:00

By Zoe Elizabeth Buck, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 22--With restrictions on watering still stringent in many Triangle communities, keeping lawns green can be a challenge -- especially as temperatures rise. But a lawn doesn't have to be green to be healthy, explained Dan Bowman, associate professor of crop science at N.C. State University. Bowman tends a lawn of his own at the corner of Tryon and Lake Wheeler roads in Raleigh. His lawn, at the Lake Wheeler field...

2008-07-21 18:00:27

By STEVE PATTERSON Rules to control lawn-watering and fertilizer use will probably become the law in Jacksonville next week, but finding a water cop when you need one could be a problem. At least 12 of the City Council's 18 members voted for the new rules during committee meetings this week. Mayor John Peyton, who filed twin bills six months ago, has tentatively planned a signing ceremony next week. The irrigation bill limits lawn-watering to two days a week most of the year, and once...

2008-07-20 12:00:35

By Kim North Shine, Detroit Free Press Jul. 20--The flaglike lawn signs are all around, waving warnings to keep children and pets off the just-treated lawns of homes across metro Detroit. It's enough to make one wonder: What's in that stuff anyway? Grosse Pointe Park residents Mary Beth Palmer-Gierlinger and Christoph Heinen decided to find out and to come up with a chemical-free way of treating lawns. It's an approach they believe protects people, animals and the Earth while actually...

2008-07-19 09:00:23

By NORA FIRESTONE While Hampton Roads is abuzz with mowers, sprinklers and saw- toothed machines, some residents refuse to chime in. Are they w? Rebels? Or simply willing to surrender under the siege of 100- degree heat, rising fuels costs and $100 water bills? Paving the way toward low-maintenance, low-environmental-impact landscapes, they're using sustainable materials and natural resources that amount to a hill of freedom. Michael Poyner' s former home, a Virginia Beach condominium,...

2008-07-15 09:00:44

PHILADELPHIA _ Unlike most people, gardeners love rain. It's no spoiler _ just the opposite. Rain is life-giving. It's also welcome relief from a chore most of us dislike only slightly less than weeding: Hose-dragging is truly a drag. There are other reasons Jeff Player, Jackie Umphlet and Rachelle Aquilla try to conserve water in their gardens: They want to save money, and the planet. But saving water rarely hits the popular radar without a dry spell or drought. "And with the next...

2008-07-14 18:00:21

By Masterful Gardening Automatic irrigation systems constitute 50 percent of our water consumption and are probably the worst things for a healthy lawn. They promote shallow roots and invaders, like dollar weed. St. Johns River Water Management District still permits twice- weekly watering before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., but even that may be too much for a healthy lawn. Water as infrequently as possible and only when 30 percent to 50 percent of the blades show signs of wilt: the blades...

2008-07-13 15:00:16

Homeowners struggling to grow grass under mature shade trees wage a losing battle. Each spring, they scuff up the spots where the lawn is missing or thin, then scatter new topsoil and grass seed. They water. The grass seed germinates. But before long, the bare spots are back. Big trees, especially shallow-rooted ones like some maples, cast dense shade, making it difficult to impossible for grass to survive underneath. In addition, the trees' roots soak up most of the available water. No...


Latest Grasslands Reference Libraries

Great Basin Shrub Steppe
2013-04-19 20:40:07

The Great Basin shrub steppe ecoregion, located within the Deserts and xeric shrublands Biome, incorporates a variety of xeric shrub-steppe sub-ecoregions in the area of the Great Basin in the Western United States. It’s within the North American Desert area, and includes a great deal of Nevada, northeastern and eastern California east of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range rain shadows, and some parts of Utah and Idaho. The Great Basin Desert and semi-arid non-desert xeric shrubland...

Semi-arid Pampas
2013-04-18 23:08:40

The Semi-arid Pampas, alternatively known as the Dry Pampas, is a temperate grassland ecoregion located in central Argentina. The Semi-arid Pampas cover an area of 126,000 square miles, including western Buenos Aires Province, southern Cordoba and San Luis Provinces and most of La Pampa Province. The area is, in all, a home to no more than a million people, who normally enjoy some of the nation’s lowest poverty rates. Not dissimilar to the more humid pampas to the east, the area is...

Kazakh Uplands
2013-04-18 23:02:25

The Kazakh Uplands, known also as the Kazakh Hummocks, is a large peneplain formation that stretches throughout the central and eastern regions of Kazakhstan. It’s made up of low mountain oases and elevated plains, and contains large deposits of coal within the north and copper within the south. Rare species, such as the Asiatic Cheetah, may still reside in this region. Several notable cities, including the country’s capital, Astana, are located there. A portion of the Kazakh Uplands...

Mongolian-Manchurian Grassland
2013-04-18 22:58:55

The Mongolian-Manchurian grassland ecoregion, known also as the Mongolian-Manchurian Steppe, located in the temperate grassland Biome, is found in Mongolia, the Chinese Autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and northeastern China. The grassland covers an area of 342,600 square miles. This Palearctic temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregion of the Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, creates a large crescent around the Gobi Desert, stretching across central...

Overgrazing
2013-04-01 12:31:24

Overgrazing occurs when plants are unprotected to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without enough recovery periods. It can be a result of either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals. Overgrazing reduces the usefulness, biodiversity, and productivity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion. It’s also considered to be a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native...

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