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Aeration: A Handy Hand Tool May Do the Trick

If your lawn is hard, almost painful to walk on, you might need to aerate. If you lawn is coated with weeds, especially plantain and crabgrass, you probably need to aerate. If you try to drive a shovel in the ground and all you come up with is a thimble full of hard-pan clay, you definitely need to aerate. And do it now if you want to take a major step toward having a better lawn next season. ...

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Guest Blog: The Horticratic Oath Says First, Do No Harm to the Soil

We thank our friends at Earthcare Natural Lawn and Landscapes and Purple Cow Organics of Wisconsin, one of America's finest compost companies, for permission to republish this food for thought: [caption id="attachment_5256" align="alignleft" width="341" caption="Purple Cow Organics specializes in turning what would otherwise be food waste products into rich soil amendments. "][/caption] By Darrell Smith and ...

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Guest Blog: Simple Steps Toward An Organic Lawn

[caption id="attachment_5244" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Keeping the grass tall helps the lawn outcompete the weeds. (Phil Nauta photo)"][/caption] By Phil Nauta If you'd like a lawn that's mostly weed free, I'm here to tell you that with a little bit of knowledge and commitment, it's definitely possible. Now we do have to remember that a lawn with just a few species of grasses is quite an unnat ...

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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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Landscape Sustainability: Examples in Three States

[caption id="attachment_4368" align="alignleft" width="547" caption="On Day 2 of the Mid-Atlantic tour an organic landscape roundtable discussion hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society included PHS project managers Mark Paronish and Julie Snell, along with SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey, Glenstone horticulturist Patricia Manke and organic lawn guru Barry Draycott of New Jersey."][/caption] I just re ...

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Compost Tea Gets Mainstream Plug

Just back from a soil biology training session with one of the country's leading experts, Paul Wagner, at the Soil Food Web on Long Island, I remain in awe of the world's smallest creatures. These are the bacteria, protozoa, nematodes etc. that make our life on the planet possible. Healthy soil, ironically, can probably best be described as a war zone. Everything down there is eating everything else. And wh ...

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