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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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Boys & Girls Clubs Feature SafeLawns

[caption id="attachment_5120" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="These are four of the 14 stops we made during April to promote natural lawn care and healthy outdoor play. "][/caption] The SafeLawns spring 2012 tour makes a significant stop today, presenting to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national convention at the Grand Hyatt Convention Center in San Diego, Ca. Co-authors Victoria Rowell and Paul ...

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As Long as Little Girls Love Dandelions . . .

[caption id="attachment_5115" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This dandelion, bigger than my daughter from root to flower at the time, could feed a family of four."][/caption] Dandelions are a hot topic right now as April turns to May. The airways are positively alive with advertisements for how to kill the so-called weeds. Neighbors will go to war with other neighbors who dare allow the flowers to g ...

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May Day, A Poem

MAY DAY at PIPER SHORES The windows, we kept shut last night, to keep the toxic fumes outdoors. By morning, it is raining, as I set about some chores: Feed the birds — but they're not here... Cut some herbs — no, can't eat them... OK, walk to the beach to start the day, but signs on the grass say to stay away... So I head to the path, on down the lane, and in front of me lies the following scene: Yellow pel ...

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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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PBS Program to Showcase Glenstone’s Organic Lawn

[caption id="attachment_5072" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Glenstone's lawn was a healthy green under magnificent blue skies on Tuesday. If you look closely you'll see livestock grazing near the property's massive pond."][/caption] The natural lawn care movement in the United States will get a major boost in August when Growing A Greener World, hosted by Joe Lamp'l, showcases the organ ...

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‘Pocket Veto’ Keeps Connecticut Pesticide Law Alive

[caption id="attachment_5057" align="alignleft" width="419" caption="Richard Roy"][/caption]   His move was nothing short of heroic yesterday, but it also came with a reminder about just how difficult it will be to keep beating back the monster that is the synthetic chemical industry. Stating "it's no time to turn our backs on Connecticut's children," 10-term state representative Richard Roy was able t ...

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April Flowers: A Poem of the (Sad) Season

April Flowers — 2012, by Suzan Bryher Dill (published by permission) The yellow truck is coming around, putting its poisons into the ground. The man who drives it is dressed to kill – goggles, gloves, boots, and a hat with a bill. He injects a liquid that milky white next to the plants, to stop any blight. The law says a paper must tell of the mix, but the one he provides dates 2006. It states to wear prote ...

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Scientists Call for Global Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

CHANGE.ORG SEEKING 50,000 SIGNATURES ON PETITION Despite continued support from the United States government for the manufacturers, scientists across the globe are calling for an international ban on the synthetic pesticides responsible for colony collapse disorder in bees. The author of the latest study out of Harvard University bluntly stated that the time is now. "The data, both ours and others, right no ...

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Do Autism in Humans, Colony Collapse in Bees Share Common Cause?

[caption id="attachment_5045" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="The same pesticides known to cause colony collapse disorder in bees are linked to higher rates of autism."][/caption] Pesticides appear to be at the root of two evils: http://truth-out.org/news/item/8586-the-autism-epidemic-and-disappearing-bees-a-common-denominator ...

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