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2009-09-08 08:57:31

Mulched maple and oak leaves reduce dandelions in established Kentucky bluegrass Spring and summer often find homeowners out in their yards, busily attempting to control the onslaught of dandelions in a quest for green, weed-free lawns. Dandelions, broadleaf perennial plants that have a questionable reputation as lawn wreckers, can make even the most patient gardener reach for chemical weed killers to control the onslaught of the ubiquitous weeds. Now, the answer to an environmentally...

2009-08-13 12:56:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- By investing a small amount of time and energy now, you can improve your lawn's good looks for fall and prime it for a green and glorious spring. Both warm and cool season grasses common in the U.S. can suffer substantial damage over the winter without proper care in the fall. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090217/CL71531LOGO ) The experts at TruGreen, the largest professional lawn care services provider in the United States,...

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2009-07-30 10:30:00

Researchers at the University of Leicester have paved the way for the first ever use in Europe of an insect (biocontrol) to combat an invasive plant species in Britain.University of Leicester biologists established that the Japanese Knotweed in Britain was one the biggest females in the world- a clone of cuttings brought into Britain in the 1850s. Costs of controlling it in Britain have been put at £1.5 billion.Defra's Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has now launched a...

2009-07-15 10:15:49

A U.S. agriculture scientist says using a diverse herbicide application strategy may hike production costs, but will reduce herbicide-resistant weeds. A Purdue University study showed excess usage of glyphosate-resistant crops has led to weeds, such as marestail, that are also resistant to glyphosate, the herbicide used in Roundup. But, Purdue Professor of weed science Bill Johnson said changing management practices can result in nearly eliminating resistant marestail and its viable seeds in...

2009-05-22 15:56:00

Noxious Weed Found in Forward Township, Evans City HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning residents of Forward Township in Evans City, Butler County, that Giant Hogweed, a noxious and invasive weed that can cause blistering and scarring on the skin of susceptible people, has been confirmed in their area. Located along the Pittsburgh/Buffalo railroad tracks at the intersection of Spithaler School and Ash Stop roads, and at...

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2009-02-06 13:39:13

Global warming is likely to result in more preferred conditions for many of the most unwanted weeds to invade the West, researchers reported on Friday. Additionally, climate change may also allow farmers to restore native plants in some regions, said Bethany Bradley, Research Associate at Princeton and lead author of the study appearing in Global Change Biology. While the changing climate may rid the west of many invasive plants that already reside in the region, others are expected to take...

2009-01-26 07:00:00

- February 9-13 event in Orlando attracts participants from across the nation - Keynote speech by USDA expert to highlight agricultural research priorities and impact of 2008 Farm Bill LAWRENCE, Kan., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent developments and trends in weed management are the focus of an upcoming joint meeting of two of the nation's leading weed science organizations. The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) will meet February 9-13 at...

2008-12-29 16:23:43

Organic plant waste has proven to be an effective weed control for citrus trees, Egyptian researchers reported Monday. Researchers from the National Research Center in Giza, Egypt, studied the effects of plant mulches compared to synthetic mulch and other weed control methods on the quality of mandarin fruit, the American Society for Horticultural Science reported Monday in a news release. Dr. H.F. Abouziena, the project's lead researcher, said rice straw and cattail weeds create plant waste...

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2008-10-13 16:48:59

Scientists in Britain believe a Japanese plant-eating predator may help solve the problem of a "superweed" that is now spreading across the country. Japanese knotweed, like many other non-native, invasive plants, was first introduced to Britain for horticulture. Its ornamental leaves, 10-13 ft stems and clusters of white flowers made it attractive in gardens. However, it has since plagued the environment, and this year has been particularly bad for knotweed spread in the UK. Making matters...

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...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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