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Improved Drought Outlook Brings Slugs Galore

As so often happens in gardening, and life, good news begets bad news. A year ago at this time parts of the nation, especially our great friends in Houston, were mired in an historic drought . . . . . . and while some folks in the Southwest still need to conserve every drop, the forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a great gardening season with respect to water availability in most regions. ...

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Compost Top-Dressing: A Nurturing Blanket for Your Lawn and Garden

[caption id="attachment_5174" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="The 100-year-old lawn at Taliesin in Wisconsin is top-dressed with compost from Purple Cow Organics."][/caption] The inspiration for today's post comes by way of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Spring Green, Wi. By the legendary architect's directive, the grounds are beginning their second century of organic maintenance t ...

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Tick Repellent Has Glowing Reports

RESEARCH SHOWS ECOSMART PRODUCT IS SAFE, EFFECTIVE I scoff at poison ivy, or bee stings, or the other associated scratches and itches that come from a life outdoors. It’s part of it. And worth it. But Lyme Disease has struck fear into many of us living in the Northeast and, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m in that club. As someone who has practically preached the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle through g ...

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13 Essential Mowing Tips: First and Foremost, Keep the Blade Sharp, Set High

[caption id="attachment_5144" align="alignleft" width="471" caption="Mulching blades for mowers are tiered to cut each blade at least twice."][/caption] YOU CAN WATER IT TOO MUCH, or too little. You can fertilize too often, or let it go hungry. The absolute fastest way to screw up your lawn, however, has to do with the task you probably undertake most frequently: mowing. Right now, during peak mowing season ...

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Organic Lawn Care Step by Step

Here is an update of one of most popular posts . . . a thorough review of all the steps necessary to maintain a beautiful lawn naturally, including product referrals where applicable: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2011/02/organic-lawn-care-step-by-step-if-you-must/ ...

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Did You Know You Can Eat Your Lawn (If Your Parents Don’t Kill it First)?

[caption id="attachment_5034" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="A group of students visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art gathered outside to taste lawn "weeds" with SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey on Thursday. "][/caption] Yesterday was definitely a highlight of the whirlwind spring tour for SafeLawns. The Indianapolis Museum of Art — which features a 150-acre public botanic garden as its backdrop — wa ...

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Interested in a Wildflower Meadow? Read This

In Part II of his series, Rethinking the America Lawn, David Salman — the founder of High Country Gardens — examines the historic and current role of wildflowers: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2011/02/guest-blog-rethinking-the-american-lawn-part-ii/ ...

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Clover is Making a Lawn Comeback

[caption id="attachment_4933" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="'Dark Dancer,' a four-leaf clover perennial intended for use in gardens, was initially bred with the Dutch white clover most commonly found on lawns."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4935" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Dutch white clover is already greening on this northern lawn. The clover helps feed the surrounding grass plan ...

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Your Lawn and This March Heat: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

[caption id="attachment_4930" align="alignleft" width="720" caption="March has been off-the-charts warm for much of the nation. "][/caption] If you live East of the Rockies, then chances are your lawn and garden thinks it’s the first day of summer — not the first day of spring. With unprecedented March temperatures confusing every aspect of Mother Nature, however, it’s important to remember that it is, afte ...

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