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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...

2008-07-02 12:00:43

By Esther Avila, The Porterville Recorder, Calif. Jul. 2--Two Giant Sequoia seedlings were planted Tuesday morning at Supervisor's Headquarters in Porterville in honor of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument's centennial birthday. "When we look back, we count 100 years of growth and achievement and we have a lot to celebrate," said Mary Chislock, public affairs officer with U.S. Forest Service. "We began in 1908 when there was nothing, and today we are...

2008-06-16 09:00:34

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...

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2005-02-09 07:37:13

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) -- A giant sequoia considered to be the second biggest tree on earth is fighting for its life after being hit by a succession of fires and storms. The huge Washington Tree in northern California's Sequoia National Park, which was 115 meters (254 feet) high and measures 45.9 meters (101 feet) in circumference, could be dying after a lifespan of 2,500 to 3,200 years. The San Francisco Chronicle quoted park ranger Alexandra Picavet as saying that fires in 2003 and snow and...


Latest Sequoiadendron Reference Libraries

Sequoia National Park
2013-04-17 17:03:11

Sequoia National Park is located in the United States in the southern area of the Sierra Nevada. The park contains 404,063 acres of protected land that was once inhabited by the Western Mono Native American tribe. The best evidence of Native American inhabitants are the pictographs found on Potwisha and Hospital Rock and bedrock mortars, tools that were sued to crush acorns. When European explorers and settlers entered the area, smallpox had already decimated the Native American...

Kings Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 12:16:00

Kings Canyon National Park is located in southern Sierra, Nevada. The park encompasses an area that was once General Grant National Park, which was established in 1890, in order to preserve a grove of giant sequoia trees. The area was known to European settlers in the mid-nineteenth century, but was not well-known until 1873, after John Muir visited and found the environment to be similar to Yosemite valley. Harold Ickes, a United States Secretary of Interior, supported the idea of...

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