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Lawn Mower Maintenance
Longer days. Birdsong. Growing Grass. These are all indicators that
it's time to pull out the lawn mower and get it ready for another
season. Of course, all we think we need to do is just top it off with
gas and crank it up. More...
|Letting Leaves Lie
Raking up and
disposing of leaves is a time-honored ritual of autumn, but are ways of
putting them to better use in a yard. Ecologically, the best way to
deal with leaves in the yard is to mulch them where they fall and let
them decompose to release their minerals back to the soil.. More...
Perennials in Winter
Taking care of your potted perennial
plants over the winter will ensure they are around next season to
provide another year of enjoyment. Perennials in pots need protection
because their root system is basically above ground in a container. More.
|Big Trees Felled By Tiny Fungi
Urban trees tend to have
shortened lives, some living no more than 50 to 80 years. Urban forests
in many metro areas have started to mature and decline, and are very
susceptible to trunk-rotting and buttress root-rotting organisms. More...
Ant Control in the Fall
think of fire ants in the fall, "vulnerable" isn't the first word that
pops into your mind. But it should be. If you are going to treat fire
ants only once a year, do it in the fall. Fire ants are easier to kill
in the fall. More...
Emerald Ash Borer
|Identifying Emerald Ash Borer
As fall's colors
emerge, it's hard to miss the striking gold and purple leaves of ash
trees lining streets and roads in many Midwestern states. However, when
emerald ash borer arrives, many ash trees planted in towns, cities and
conservation plantings could be lost. More...
While it may seem
easy to put those raked leaves and other yard waste in plastic bags and
toss them out as garbage, composting can be just as easy and much
better for the environment. Composting decomposes organic matter into a
dark, crumbly material similar to humus. Finished compost provides
nutrients and helps soil retain water by increasing the valuable
organic matter in the lawn and garden. More...
Riding Lawn Mower Cover
a Lawn for Winter
When it's time
for the last cutting of your lawn, how low should you cut? Your area's
winter snowcover should help you decide whether to cut it short or
leave it long. If you live in a heavy snow area, cut the grass to about
1.5 inches in fall to prevent it from matting down... More...
Some flowers are
easy to preserve: baby's breath, celosia, yarrow, statice, globe
amaranth, strawflower and artemesia. But every flower responds
differently to drying and preserving. Experiment to get the results you
want with the flowers you have. More...
| Herb Swag
approaches, enthusiastic gardeners want to store seed for next year's
production. Before you decide to save seed from your plants, it's
important to consider whether saving seed will get you the type of
plants you want.
can be an effective way to make soil moisture "last longer" in
landscape and garden. They are frequently used in the landscape to
conserve water by reducing weed growth, minimizing evaporation, and
retaining moisture. Mulching can reduce rotting by keeping vegetables
such as squash and tomatoes out of contact with soil. Organic mulches
also lessen soil compaction, slow down erosion and improve soil texture
when later tilled into the soil.. More...
1. The constant tunneling of earthworms allows the free passage of air
into and out of the soil. 2. Worms' burrowing also breaks up the hard
pan and plow sole created by mechanical tillage. More...
in Plain Sight
Lessons from a Zen Garden
Rainbow Mix Coleus Seeds
Homegrown and Handmade
A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living
The Winter Harvest
Gardeners Knee Pads
Sensing in Plants
Identification of Flowering Plant Families
Including a Key to Those Native and Cultivated in North Temperate
and How to Grow Them
by Peggie Schulz