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Guest Blog by Tom Kelly: Lawn Care Companies Better Switch Rather Than Fight in 2011

[caption id="attachment_2420" align="alignleft" width="375" caption="The SafeLawns lawn signs say it all about people's changing attitudes with regard to lawn care."][/caption] NOTE: Tom Kelly of New Hampshire was co-founder of one of the largest chemical lawn care companies in New England. Recently he launched an all-organic lawn care supply company, Fire Belly Organics, in response to his belief that lawn ...

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Guest Blog: The Difference Between Calcium and Gypsum

After last week's guest blog by agronomist Craig Dick, a SafeLawns member asked us to elaborate the differences between gypsum and calcium. Here is Craig's answer: Lime Calcium carbonate is the active ingredient in agricultural lime . Calcium carbonate, CaCO3, is a common substance found in all parts of the world, and is the main component of shells of marine organisms, snails, pearls, marble and eggshells. ...

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Organic Lawn Accreditation Course Set for January

[caption id="attachment_2257" align="alignleft" width="504" caption="This NOFA organic lawn care course in 2006 demonstrated equipment used for top-dressing compost."][/caption] The Northeast Organic Farmers Association have pioneered standards and teaching for organic lawn care. The next five-day course has just been scheduled for Newburyport, Mass., a beautiful coastal town north of Boston near the New Ha ...

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A Visit to Martha’s Farm

When we visited Martha Stewart's personal residence in New York Tuesday afternoon, a photographer was on hand to capture every nuance of the visit for Martha's blog: http://www.themarthablog.com/2010/10/an-organic-lawn-care-expert-visits-my-farm.html#comments. I have since confirmed that the two weeds were we asked to identify are horsenettle and black swallow-wort. We'll be offering up eradication strategi ...

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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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Boulder Embraces Organics

Considered to be one of the "greenest places to live in America" by numerous publications, the city of Boulder appears poised to live up to its reputation with garden to lawn care. "It's exciting out there, it really is," said nationally recognized organic turf expert Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics of Marblehead, Mass., after his recent visit as a consultant to the city of about 90,000. In September, I'll ...

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Research Unearths Complexities of Organic Systems

Those of us who preach organic gardening and farming in religious tones almost always buck up against science, which has forever struggled to explain what we accept as innate understanding. In other words, the scientists usually denounce what they can't prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. That's why the study out of the University of Michigan last week set the Internet abuzz. Titled "Ecological Complexity and ...

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