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This Woman Would Redefine Desert ‘Lush’

Here's a link to an article from a woman from the Desert Horticultural Society with the right idea: http://www.mydesert.com/article/20101008/COLUMNS26/10080301/New-definition-of-lush-in-desert-landscaping This article, from California, describes what some residents are doing with tax incentives offered for lawn reduction: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/10/long-beach-drought-tolerant-gardens. ...

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Solutions for Take-All Patch

[caption id="attachment_2164" align="alignleft" width="750" caption="Take-all patch"][/caption] This year, more than any other, we've been receiving questions about a lawn disease known as take-all patch, otherwise known as take-all rot. Folks, especially in the South, seem to be losing massive expanses of lawn to the problem and everyone wants to know what can be applied to stop the disease — without using ...

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Fall Leaves: An Overview

Last year at about this time, we tackled the subject of leaves and what to do about them in this three part series: Part I, Foliage: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2009/10/fall-leaves-part-1/ Part II, Collection: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2009/10/fall-leaves-part-ii/ Part III, Gadgets: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2009/10/fall-leaves-part-iii/ ...

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Crabgrass Control Begins Now for Next Season

[caption id="attachment_2082" align="alignnone" width="504" caption="Crabgrass seeds turn reddish purple in late summer. (Ernie Reppe photo)"][/caption] Questions about crabgrass control are coming to us in droves right now from at least two thirds of the United States and all of Canada. Ernie Reppe's email from today is typical: "I don't know how things are out East for you, but people in the Midwest here ...

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Fall Lawn Tasks: Here’s a Review

In the northern half of the nation, the days are still warm, the nights are cool and Mother Nature usually provides plenty of rain. The humidity drops, biting insects take a break and garden centers start putting many products on sale. Welcome, in other words, to the gardening utopia known as autumn. This is a great time to plant absolutely anything, other than maybe annual flowers and vegetables. Trees, sh ...

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Remove All Mushrooms on Lawns Where Children Play

[caption id="attachment_2048" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Assume all mushrooms on the lawn or in the woods to be poisonous unless you're otherwise certain they're edible."][/caption] Like many Americans, my family spent part of its Labor Day weekend at a picnic with friends. I was reminded, though, that perils can lurk everywhere when young children are involved — and that not everyone perceives ...

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Weekly Video Tip: Free Lunches for Your Lawn & Garden

From a chapter directly out of the book, the Organic Lawn Care Manual, this week's NBC video tip examines Free Lunches for the Lawn & Garden: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=126446. Here's a blog link to the same subject: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2010/03/free-lunches-for-the-lawn/. ...

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Don’t Fret Drought: Just Wait

By this week in August EVERY YEAR almost universal afflictions seem to overtake lawns: They're either baked out brown, overrun by crabgrass, or both. In a line: Don't Fret. WITH REGARD TO THE CRABGRASS your best bet is to understand that the plant is an annual and it will be dead as soon as we have our first frost, which depending on where you live can be four to six weeks from now. Spending time pulling it ...

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New York, New Jersey Elevate Lawn Phosphorus Debate

[caption id="attachment_1906" align="alignnone" width="675" caption="This product, with 3 percent phosphorus (P), would be illegal under a new New York law."][/caption] Compile all the managed lawn surface in New York and New Jersey and, conservatively speaking, you'd probably be talking about 15 percent of the total lawn care industry in the United States. That puts billions of dollars and high emotion int ...

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