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Connecticut Organic Lawn Fertilizers in Jeopardy

[caption id="attachment_5305" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="At this golf course, where grass is fertilized and grown to the pond's edge, the water is eutrified by excess phosphorus load. "][/caption] WHEN IT COMES TO LAWNS, FEW STATES RIVAL CONNECTICUT for the amount of passion folks can muster. It’s the richest state in the nation per capita and all those folks with nice properties want to su ...

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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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Par for the Course: As Bees Die, Governments Sit Idly By

THE INACTION MEANS WE NEED TO ACT TOGETHER I have to say I’m not one to inherently, blindly grant government too much power, but I do have to love the way the French are dealing with yet another study that says pesticides are killing bees. Within days of a scientific report that linked a synthetic nicotine known as Thiamethoxam to colony collapse disorder, the government announced it planned to ban the prod ...

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Want to Be Rid of Your Lawn? Here’s a Book That Tells You How

SafeLawns is by no means an anti-lawn campaign. We love lawns, in fact, for all sorts of games and family activities. But if you're really just not into having grass around your house — or you want grass you don't have to mow, then here's a review of a book you just might need to buy: http://www.lawnreform.org/2012/03/beautiful-no-mow-yards-book-review.html ...

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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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Former Scotts Exec Joins SafeLawns Founder to Launch Consulting Firm

Paul Tukey, Mark Long Form Organic Green Pros FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 4, 2012 Consulting Firm to Focus on Sustainability, Safety Expecting their first child in 2010, Emily and Mitchell Rales decided they could no longer conduct business as usual on the landscape of their massive estate known as Glenstone. “When we, as owners, decided we wanted 100 percent organic protocols for our landscape maintenance p ...

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Red Thread in Your Lawn? Don’t Panic

[caption id="attachment_5207" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Red thread will discolor grass, making it appear somewhat pinkish. But the lawn usually recovers once the weather warms."][/caption] If we get five questions about the same topic in close succession, that's usually a sign of a significant issue. In the past week or so we've had about 20 questions concerning a lawn fungus known as red threa ...

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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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