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2008-10-03 18:00:15

By Booker T Leigh When the leaves start to fall, most homeowners are ready to forget about plant disease and insects until next summer. Normally, fall is the best time to start controlling next year's diseases and insects. A little work now can prevent a lot of problems next year. Here are some things to do to help control disease and insect problems for next year: Rake up and destroy leaves of all fruit trees and small fruits. Also, remove any rotten or dried-up fruit still hanging...

2008-10-01 15:00:21

By BUNTING, Finbarr Weeds may not be sexy, but as any environmentalist will tell you they can do as much damage to the natural environment as any crawly critters. The hard work and dedication of Friends of Barrett Bush volunteers has seen them made this year's recipient of the Weedbuster Awards. The Weedbuster Awards were set up in 2006 to recognise the dedication of volunteers in improving the environment and raising awareness of the damage weeds can cause. Wendy Mead,...

2008-09-21 09:00:17

By MARY REID BARROW By Mary Reid Barrow Correspondent So, you've spent most every summer weekend mowing your lawn. Now you're about to spend your fall weekends fertilizing and planting grass seed so you will have even more grass to mow next spring and summer. Growing grass is kind of like doing the laundry. It's never done. But aren't there limits to how much lawn work we should do? Around here it's hard to plant a carefree lawn because fescue and other lawn grasses don't grow...

2008-09-18 18:00:29

By DYKES, Mervyn These fast-growing monsters, capable of adapting to many different habitats, are among the most invasive of species. -------- ------------ One of the world's biggest "weeds" has the Department of Conservation (DOC) ready to do battle in the bush areas of Manawatu. These are not typical back-garden weeds, but fast-growing monsters reaching heights of more than 25m and capable of broadcasting seeds over extensive areas. They are numbered among the most invasive of...

2008-09-08 18:00:20

By JULIE H. MANN For the Maryland Gazette Many homeowners wage rigorous chemical warfare on weeds, applying regular doses of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. They do it to eliminate grubs, crabgrass, wiregrass, spurge, chickweed, and clover. Not Wendy Osborn. The longtime Severna Park gardener decided last year to invest in a radical approach. She went green, using passive solar power, plastic and patience to rid her family's lawn of pesky weeds. Surprising their...

2008-08-30 12:00:28

The best time to fertilize cool season lawns grasses, like tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, is in September, as they respond to shorter days and cooler temperatures with renewed growth. Use a turfgrass fertilizer that is high in nitrogen, which appears as the first number in the three-number sequence called the fertilizer analysis that appears on the bag. Distribute fertilizer according to directions on the bag; either a gravity flow (drop) spreader or a rotary/cyclone type can be...

2008-08-29 18:00:23

By JULIE H. MANN For The Capital Many homeowners wage rigorous chemical warfare on weeds throughout the year, applying regular doses of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. They do it to eliminate grubs, crabgrass, wiregrass, spurge, chickweed, and clover. Not Wendy Osborn. The Severna Park wife, mother of three grown children, and longtime gardener, decided last year to invest in a radical approach. She went green, using passive solar power, plastic, and patience to rid her...

2008-08-24 00:00:29

By Jessica Walliser Question: Nutsedge has taken over our front yard. Is there anything organic that I can use to get rid of it? I don't know where it came from. Answer: Nutsedge, or nutgrass, is a common problem in lawns and gardens. It's a perennial weed that thrives in waterlogged soil, so the first thing I suggest is fixing any existing drainage problems or leaky lawn sprinklers that may be causing your ground to remain consistently wet -- and don't over irrigate. That said, after...

2008-08-22 03:00:24

By Notes, Pack Legislators are considering a bill that would give the Pennsylvania Game Commission its first hunting license fee increase since 1999. Senate Bill 1527 was introduced by state Sen. Charles McIhinney of Bucks County. PGC officials testified in support of the legislation and the "desperate" need for revenue last week before the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee. The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs also gave comments in support of license increases. For...

2008-08-06 06:00:24

By Steve Vantreese, The Paducah Sun, Ky. Aug. 6--Kentucky Lake again is growing weedy, a cause for celebration or consternation, depending upon one's perspective. Multiple species of aquatic vegetation are growing in bays and, in some cases, on flats and ridges on the main body of the lake. They are seen toward the reservoir's northern end but grow more plentiful to the south, especially into Tennessee reaches. Rooted in the bottom, many patches of greenery reach toward or to the...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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