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The Science of Grass!

Lawns get walked and played on, dumped on (dogs) and abused in so many different ways yet they’re responsible for erosion control, cleaning water, cooling air temperatures, are aesthetically pleasing and they feel so good under your feet. Now that...

Clean Air Day is 365 Days a Year with Grass

When I was a kid in the late 60’s/early 70’s we used to have ‘smog days.’  I can’t begin to tell you how miserable that was.  The air was so thick with smog you couldn’t see a couple of blocks...

NEWS RELEASE: (What IF) CALIFORNIA RESIDENCES MEETS GOAL AND SAVES 100% WATER!

When singer-songwriter David Gates of the band Bread wrote “IF” in 1971 it became a thought provoking message of contemplation.  The lyrics, “If a picture paints a thousand words then why can’t I paint you?”  Makes you wonder if you’re...

Drought Info “They” Don’t Want You to Know

By now, you’re well aware southern California is experiencing what is considered “The Worst Drought In History.” I chuckle at the sensationalism of the headlines because in 1980, ‘they’ were screaming the same thing. Back in those days, I was...

Gray Water, Graywater, Grey Water & Greywater Make for Great Water!

It seems there’s a lot of controversy on how you spell the G-word but the one thing that’s for sure experts all agree it can be recycled and reused on the lawn and garden.  It was the late 70’s when...

Honoring Freedom At Home

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day from 1868-to 1970, is when the fallen military are typically honored at cemeteries and memorials all across the county.  If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit the Arlington National Cemetery or closer yet,...

How to Grow Grass in Shade!

Have you ever pictured yourself resting on a blanket under a large tree on a summer day with a picnic basket?  Talk about romantic!  But, wait a minute.  Where’s the grass?  Why isn’t there grass growing under the tree?  It’s...

Ingenious Steps to Control Grubs and Cutworms

From 2001 to 2006 the TV show Fear Factor grossed out their audiences challenging contestants to do hideous things the average human wouldn’t think of doing.  One of the top dares was eating what eats your lawn – grubs!  Although...

Top Ways To A Weed Free Lawn

Walking barefoot on a beautifully manicured lawn might be the closest thing next to heaven.  The sensation of the grass cradling the foot, teasing the arch, tickling the sole while blades are sneaking between the toes is amazing – almost...

Lawn Therapy

Several times a year I get asked to make presentations at home shows.  On September 1st  I was preparing a talk on Edible Landscape Plants.  The talks are always on Saturday from 11 AM-2 PM.  I was nearly finished with...

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