Archive for February, 2011

  • 18
  • Feb2011

Gardening with Native Plants

We’ve had beautiful weather in Colorado this week and it has me thinking about planning for our Clean Air garden this spring. I came across a great website, PlantNative, that is an incredible resource for gardeners and landscapers across the country. It provides native plant lists by location, a local nursery finder, recommended books and […]

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  • 16
  • Feb2011

Compost as a Soil Additive

What is the best way to build a safe, healthy lawn? Start from the ground up. Healthy soil is a necessary foundation for lush, weed free grass. Continued application of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides deplete beneficial nutrients in the soil and create a toxic environment for earthworms, fungi, bacteria, and beneficial nematodes through radical changes […]

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  • 09
  • Feb2011

Sunset Magazine: Cultural Trends Shaping the West

We couldn’t agree more… #50 Love your lawn The West is the land of the backyard, of days spent grilling outside while the kids run around barefoot. That used to mean grass—tough, resilient, feels-good-between-your-toes grass—until drought concerns ushered in a wave of low-water landscapes. We’ve been a big champion of those at Sunset, but lately, we’ve […]

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  • 08
  • Feb2011

Mowcycles

While most of the US is covered in snow (or at least freezing temperatures) there are only a select few of us thinking about lawn care. So to avoid wasting space in the blogosphere today with talk of organic pest control and the benefits of using compost as a topdressing or soil additive (topics that […]

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  • 02
  • Feb2011

New Jersey Senate Panel Working to Ban Pesticide Use on School Grounds

Members of a New Jersey Senate environmental panel unanimously cleared a bill on Monday that would make New Jersey a national leader in limiting children’s pesticide exposure. The measure, titled “The Child Safe Playing Field Act,” would prohibit the use of most lawn pesticides on public and private school playgrounds, recreational fields and day care centers. […]

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  • 01
  • Feb2011

Our Environment, Our Health

Why do we care about about environmental causes like air quality, organic agriculture, genetically engineered crops, and chemical fertilizers and pesticides? If melting polar ice caps, damaged and destroyed ecosystems and loss of biodiversity doesn’t hit close enough to home, consider this: According to the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University […]

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