Getting rid of dandelions in 2012

Dandelions, those crazy pests. One night of rain and poof, there they are in my front lawn. Always my front lawn. I even put a pre-emergent on last week.  Also, if you have little kids, kids love to pull off the flowers and blow the seeds across the yard so more dandelions will grow.  Dandelions

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Lawn Grub Control in 2012

I know it seems too early to start thinking about grub control. Typically grub control products are applied in June or early July time frame. However, our growing season is about 5 weeks ahead. Using that figure, we should be thinking about grub control in the May/June time frame. Let’s look at some things we

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Dealing with warm spring temperatures

The unusual weather is affecting us in a number of ways: Pollen levels are high, especially in the south Farmers in parts of the country are planting corn early. Homeowners have already started mowing and turning on their sprinklers. Weeds are already popping up in yards. More insects and bugs can be seen video platform

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Pink Slime Process

This story has been in the news a lot the last few days. Check out this news story. The pink slime is a filler which takes waste trimmings and reprocesses them in a way that the trimmings can be added back into the final product. I thought this video was very interesting and explained the

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Control weeds with corn gluten meal

I see people mentioning this product as a product alternative to the normal pre-emergent fertilizer.  In the last couple of weeks, a number of people have mentioned “corn gluten meal” on twitter. Corn gluten meal (CGM) is a natural substitute for synthetic pre-emergence herbicides. Pre-emergence herbicides attack seeds while they’re still in the ground, before

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Corn Planting begins in March

2012 will be the year that some growers begin planting much earlier than normal. There are reports coming out that some people have begun the planting process in parts of the Midwest. Check out this video about early corn planting.  It offers some tips on spring planting. Here is my take on the subject: Soil

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Dethatching and Aerating Your Lawn

The big debate this time of year is should I dethatch my lawn this spring or should I aerate my lawn. Dethatching consists of getting rid of the layer of dead grass that has accumulated above the surface of the ground. Sometimes this layer can be so thick that it can prevent water from penetrating

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Growing Potatoes

Today, I looked closely at my Master Garden Calender and it states the following for March 22, 2012 “Start planting potatoes now into April if weather permits. Avoid planting in muddy soil” Are you familiar with planting potatoes? I really like this video demonstration. Doug Smiddy Plant with cut side down and eyes facing up! 

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Mercury found in products that lighten skin

This month a story out of  the San Francisco Bay area suggests that several skin products may contain mercury. The following article, “Mercury laden skin creams sought in Bay Area” takes a closer look at this issue and sites a 2010 case where a 39-year old woman was found to have more than 100 times

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Compost Troubleshooting

Are you trying to start a compost process at your home and running into some issues. I saw this article, “Troubleshooting your compost” and wish an article like this would have been around when I had issues getting started with ta compost bin. Your Compost is Taking Too Long Compost needs to reach temperatures around 150

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