Seedling Salvation

Maple Seedling Madness Does your lawn seem to have fallen prey to a spreading, seemingly aggressive, non-grass seedling? In spite of your strict adherence to your lawn program; fertilizations, seeding, weed control, dethatching etc., and still your lawn looks like this: Breath a sigh of relief, these are tree seedlings, mostly from maple species, not…

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Sustainable Structures

Building with Bamboo  In places where it grows locally or can be farmed responsibly bamboo is a sustainable, safe and malleable building material. Bamboo is used to make an amazing range of products, from books and musical instruments, flooring and paneling, furniture and surfboards and recently has made its way to the playground.  Incredibly fast growing and maturing,…

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Garden Gazing

Garden Conservancy Conquests Established in 1989 by Frank Cabot, the Garden Conservancy partners with home gardeners, public and private organizations to provide technical, horticultural and management assistance to aid in promoting long term, sustainable and responsible landscape stewardship.  Over the years the Conservancy has collaborated with private gardens for the long-term historic and aesthetic preservation to eventually…

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Knotweed Woes

Invasives Invasion Invasive species can make habitat conservation, restoration and management incredibly difficult. Once non-native, invasive or noxious plants establish themselves, removal and eradication become very labor intensive, requiring manual removal, possible chemical applications and years of monitoring and maintenance.  Invasive species will compromise a habitat by taking over the niche of native species, native…

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The Plight of Pollinators

Beyond Bees At this point most people are well aware of the predicament the country’s (and world’s) honeybee population is in, however, what doesn’t get enough attention is the status of wild pollinators like butterflies, moths and thousands of other bee species. While honeybees are heavily researched and managed for agricultural purposes, wild pollinator species…

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