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Eggshells In The Garden
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Eggshells In The Garden

Using Eggshells In Soil, Compost And As Pest Control Many people do not know that using eggshells in the garden can help in many ways. If you are wondering what to do with crushed egg shells (or whole eggshells for that matter), keep reading. We will look at how eggshells can help your compost, soil...

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DuPont to recall, stop selling herbicide

In a statement on Thursday, DuPont said it is in talks with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on “the most effective way to implement our recommendation of a voluntary suspension of sale of DuPont Imprelis herbicide, and a product return and refund program.” It said the talks are intended to “assure full transparency of important...

West Nile Virus is Here!
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West Nile Virus is Here!

I was thinking of doing a West Nile Virus blog but thought it may be just a little early to be thinking of mosquitoes. But I decided to look around to find some “be prepared” tips for the warmer weather. I was shocked when I saw the map on Pennsylvania’s official West Nile Virus website with a...

The Problem with Pests
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The Problem with Pests

Cockroaches, ticks, ants, mosquitoes, mice...certainly not images you conjure up when you picture "home, sweet, home". But such pests are attracting greater public attention because of the increasing health risks they pose to American adults and children.

Organic Pesticides…What Works & What Doesn’t
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Organic Pesticides…What Works & What Doesn’t

In late January Dr. Galen Dively of the University of Maryland gave an overview of organic insecticides at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Conference. Did you miss it? I’ll try to provide a recap. Galen prefaced his remarks about specific products with these observations: In organic systems, insecticides are used as a tool of last...

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Irrigation Water Quality for Turfgrass Sites

Introduction Irrigation water quality, formerly a minor concern in the eastern United States, is becoming an important issue for managers of golf courses, athletic fields, and institutional grounds in Pennsylvania. With the demand for potable water increasing, pressure is being placed on users of irrigation water to considering using non-potable alternatives, such as recycled water....

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Soil Preparation for a Beautiful Lawn

Benefits of Proper and Complete Soil Preparation  Improved Uniformity Increased Density Faster recovery from wear Reduced Use of water, fertilizer, & chemicals Reduced Maintenance Quick Fact: Why Is Good Soil Important? For optimum growth, turfgrass needs just four things (in the proper balance) to grow…sunlight, air, water and nutrients. Reduce any of these, or provide too much of...

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Choosing The Right Grass For Your Yard

Choosing the right grass for your yard can make the difference between having a low-maintenance lawn and one that requires a lot of upkeep. Grass seed that grows slowly, thickens easily, and discourages weeds or other pests is important for a healthy lawn. Grasses vary in color, appearance, and growth habits. Determine how much time...

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Using Sawdust in Your Compost Pile

Most people who keep a compost pile  know about the typical things you can add to a compost pile. These things may include weeds, food scraps, leaves and grass clippings. But what about some of the more unusual things? Things that may not come out of your garden or your kitchen? Things like sawdust. These days, woodworking...

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