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Killer of The ‘Ōhi‘a Tree, Scientists Say is Fungal

Killer of The ‘Ōhi‘a Tree, Scientists Say is Fungal

Do you have an ‘ōhi‘atree? Do you live in Hawaii? If so, you may want to keep a close eye on your tree, for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists have identified two new species of fungi as the killer of hundreds of thousands of the beloved Hawaii ‘Ōhi‘a trees.[...]

Best Grass Seed Choices for Athletic Fields

Best Grass Seed Choices for Athletic Fields

There are few subjects that come close to equaling the magnitude of sports. For many people, sports rank right up there with religion, politics and relationships on the importance scale. Occasionally sports can dominate the attention of the world in the form of the Olympics, World Cup or Super Bowl. But one crucial component of sports often gets overlooked – the playing field. Rarely does a sports field receive any special attention from players or fans unless something’s wrong with it. Little do folks understand the countless hours of preparation that go into a professional athletic field.[...]

Identifying 5 Common Lawn Grass Species

Identifying 5 Common Lawn Grass Species

Whether you’re overseeding an existing lawn, thinking about establishing a new lawn or reseeding bare or thinning spots, it’s important to know what kind of grass you currently have growing. For many homeowners there doesn’t appear to be much difference between grass species at first glance. It’s not until they’ve used tall fescue to fill in a bare spot in the middle of their Kentucky bluegrass or overseeded Bermudagrass into their fine fescue lawn do they realize the error of their ways.[...]

Should You Ever Let Your Lawn Go to Seed?

Should You Ever Let Your Lawn Go to Seed?

We’ve probably all seen it, and some of us might even be guilty of it from time to time. It can be the result of neglect, apathy, or just personal preference. I’m talking about those overgrown lawns that look like someone decided to turn their yard into a hay field. Throw in a cow and a couple horses and you’d have a fully functioning pasture. Neighbors complain about them, cities enact ordinances over them, and fire departments warn against them. Even with all the pressure to not let your lawn grow out of control, some folks continue to stick to their reasoning.[...]

Grass-Cast: New Experimental Grassland Productivity Forecast

Grass-Cast: New Experimental Grassland Productivity Forecast

What is Grass-Cast? Well, put simply, Grass-Cast is a new innovative Grassland Productivity Forecast. The big deal? It just published its first forecast to help livestock producers in the Northern Great Plains guess about how much grass will be available for livestock to graze on during the next summer. Although this is an experimental technology, if it is successful, it could help producers in a significant economic way. [...]

A List of Plants That Will Grow Best in the Summer

A List of Plants That Will Grow Best in the Summer

Now that summer is almost here, you may want to break out that shovel and hoe from your gardening shed and get to work on this year’s garden. Before you start, you should consider what plants will actually grow well this summer, and maybe find out why they haven’t been doing well in the past.[...]

Rainscaping: The New Landscaping Trend

Rainscaping: The New Landscaping Trend

“Rainscaping” is a landscaping technique that has become a popular new trend. Rainscaping is the “use of sustainable landscape design and management practices at both the household and community scales” (Purdue). Rainscaping, on a larger scale, can prevent polluted runoff from reaching bodies of water by directing the storm water runoff to be absorbed by plants and soils in a localized and desired area. [...]

Impacts of the Dust Bowl

Impacts of the Dust Bowl

The 1930s Dust Bowl is one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in America’s history. For over ten years, severe drought and severs wind erosion haunted the Great Plains, creating horrible dust storms that killed people, animals and plants, while destroying the air quality of the nation. [...]

Dust Bowl Series: The Crested Wheatgrass Solution

Dust Bowl Series: The Crested Wheatgrass Solution

During the Dust Bowl, the government searched for a solution to gain control of the dust storms as well as provide a solution to prevent another Dust Bowl. The solution they designed was to alleviate the plains of its bareness; to reverse the timeline. The Dust Bowl was created by the absence of native plants, nutrients and water. To reverse the timeline, they needed to introduce a grass similar to the native grasses that once grew in seas of green. This new breed of grass was a plant that could hold the topsoil in drought environments, called Crested Wheatgrass.[...]

Dust Bowl Series: The Importance of Soil Health

Dust Bowl Series: The Importance of Soil Health

Although it may seem like once you plant your seed that nature is in control, we couldn’t be farther from the truth.[...]

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