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Rethinking Your Lawn

The care of our lawns takes a heavy toll on our time and money as homeowners try to meet the unattainable goal of the perfect, unblemished expanse of green. The average household spends $1,200 and 70 hours annually on lawn care, although many individuals consider mowing to be an onerous chore. Learn about the number of actions that climate-conscious gardeners can take to make their lawns more environmentally friendly. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Stolon

Stoloniferous plants have runners (stems creeping horizontally usually above ground) that take root at the stem nodes, forming colonies (genets) of clones of the parent plants. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Sedge

Many gardeners were taught the short rhyme, “Sedges have edges, rushes are round, and grasses are hollow, straight to the ground,” as a short-hand way of distinguishing between the three somewhat similar plant types. Continue reading

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Grasses vs. Sedges

Grasses and sedges are both classified as monocots. These are plants whose seeds have one cotyledon (the part that will grow into embryonic leaves), and which possess flower parts in multiples of three, leaves with parallel veins, and scattered vascular bundles.  While they resemble each other superficially, grasses are members of the Poaceae family and sedges belong to the Cyperaceae family. Continue reading

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