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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.[...]

How Wheat Survives the Winter

How Wheat Survives the Winter

Some wheats are planted in the spring and are harvested in the fall, which means they don’t weather the winter months. Winter wheat is planted in the fall and harvested in early summer. Here are two examples of wheat grown in the winter: [...]

Life Under the Snow: How do your plants survive the winter?

Life Under the Snow: How do your plants survive the winter?

During the snow-packed winter months in Utah, I have always considered how bitterly cold the snow must be for the plants who don’t get to go inside and cuddle up by the fire. As sincere as my concerns were, I later found out that they weren’t very legitimate. Unlike humans, plants and trees have a built-in system for the winter months, and as comfortable as a plant could be, they are warm enough to sustain life. [...]

Plant a Saint Patrick's Day Garden

Plant a Saint Patrick's Day Garden

As you all know, Saint Patrick's Day is just a day away. Whether you celebrate the infamous "pinching" day or not, you could have some fun on March 17th and join in on the Irish celebration. In Ireland, it is a tradition to plant potatoes or peas on Saint Patrick's Day. So why limit "going green" to just your outfit? Plant a Saint Patrick's Day garden! [...]

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