Category Archives: Public Education
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
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
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
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.