Category Archives: Public Education

Turf Grass Alternatives – Video

Now on Video – Turf Grass Alternatives !

Are you tired of the time and costs to mow, water, fertilize and maintain your lawn? Are you tired of a yard that looks just like all the others? This class presents alternatives for reclaiming all or part of your lawn to create a more sustainable and interesting landscape. Discussion  includes manageable techniques to reduce the size of your lawn and plant replacements for traditional turf grass. Continue reading

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Choking Hazard: English Ivy Removal Campaign

Choking Hazard: English Ivy Removal Campaign
A follow-up on our article on Invasive Plants: English Ivy from Monday.

Learn about the campaigned launched in 2012 by the Tree Stewards and Master Naturalist titled “Choking Hazard: English Ivy as a Threat to Virginia’s Trees.”
The purpose of the campaign is to educate residents about Hedera helix (English ivy), in particular the damage it causes and strategies for eradication. Continue reading

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Will the Real Shamrock Please “Stand Up?”

Will the Real Shamrock Please “Stand Up?”

The month of March is a good time to talk about the shamrock, a symbol often associated with Ireland and Saint Patrick’s Day. Continue reading

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Invasive Plants in Northern Virginia: Japanese Knotweed

Invasive Plants in Northern Virginia: Japanese Knotwood

Japanese knotweed is a particularly aggressive buckwheat family member found throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The plant was introduced to the United States from Japan in the early 1800s as an ornamental and erosion-control plant and has been considered as invasive, especially in riparian areas, since it escaped cultivation in the 1930s.

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