The Lay of the Lawn

Current Conditions Our slow to start and fluctuating spring has earned the region an average of 82 growing degree days. The cool, overcast, damp days had initially given way to warmer than average temperatures but have leveled out to seasonal temperatures for this time of year. Soil temperatures have increased and are appropriate for encouraging root…

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Viral Vector

Strange Suspect There has been a lot of talk on this blog about colony collapse, pollinator problems and the various causal factors.  It would seem there is a convergence of issues affecting pollinator populations today, which may on their own or, more likely, combined, are contributing to the stress and reduction of honey bees and pollinator…

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The Green Pattern Book: using vacant lands to create greener neighborhoods in Baltimore

Today we had the pleasure of participating in a great event at Humanim‘s offices at the historic American Brewery building. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the launch of the Growing Green Initiative. A year and a half ago, the US Forest Service Northern Research Station funded development of the Green Pattern Book. The Baltimore Office…

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Pathosis Position

Current Conditions Our slow to start and fluctuating spring has earned the region an average of 82 growing degree days. The cool, overcast, damp days have given way to warmer than average temperatures but are forecasted to level out into average weather for the time of year. Soil temperatures have increased and are able to…

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Endangered Species Day!

Educational Events and Organized Opportunities .On May 16th, 2014 federal agencies, states, towns and citizens will observe Endangered Species Day to recognize the nation’s efforts to protect and conserve endangered species and their habitats. Made official by the United States Congress in 2006, Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people to learn about the…

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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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