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America’s Most Progressive Campus: Colorado Goes Truly Green on its Lawns

BOULDER, CO. — Showcasing what is likely the largest compost tea project of its kind anywhere in the nation on Thursday, Oct. 4, the lead turfgrass manager at the University of Colorado offered a behind-the-scenes look at what makes his 70-plus acres of grass truly green. The compost tea, a biologically active liquid — that some in academia claim is just brown water — is sprayed through the entire campus sp ...

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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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Fall Lawn Tasks: Here’s the Primer

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. ...

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Do-Over in Durango: Western Town Goes Organic After All

By Joseph Boardman for SafeLawns [caption id="attachment_5610" align="alignleft" width="324"] Tricia Gourley is a lead member of the group of Durango, Colorado, citizens who advocated for organic lawn care protocols on city property.[/caption] DURANGO, CO. — Completely reversing its course of action in a span of two weeks, the city council of this western community voted unanimously Wednesday night to adopt ...

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The Marblehead Organic Lawn Videos: The Ones the Chemical Industry Never Wanted Anyone to See

[caption id="attachment_5582" align="alignleft" width="432"] Chip Osborne, left, has made a career out of teaching other municipalities how to follow the example of his hometown, Marblehead, Mass.[/caption] STORY OF FIRST U.S. TOWN TO BAN PESTICIDES NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE It was, nearly a decade ago, one of the transformative moments in my personal career as an organic lawn care advocate. When the crew for o ...

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University of Arizona Embraces Organic Lawn Care

TUCSON, AZ — As a turf manager at multiple professional levels including minor league baseball, the summer Olympics and numerous college stadiums, Matt Anderson admitted he rolled his eyes at the organic lawn care trials he inherited when he took over the grounds at the University of Arizona last January. ...

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The Gloves Come Off: Espoma Launches Full Swing into Lawn Care

Wow. You have to watch this. It is, in its 80 seconds, the most provocative, bold and some would dare say ballsy video ever created in the history of the lawn care industry. And perhaps most stunning of all is the video's creators, the Espoma Company of Millville, N.J., once known as probably the most conservative company in the horticulture industry. Here. Watch it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScYaPV56L ...

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