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November 2010

Lawn Bowling

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Lawn bowling involves rolling slightly asymmetric balls, called bowls, close to a smaller—normally white—bowl called the “jack” or “kitty.”  Lawn bowling is usually played outdoors on grass or synthetic surfaces.  Lawning bowling, related to Bocce Ball, has been traced back to 13th century England. Lawn bowl is usually played on a large, rectangular, precisely leveled and manicured grass or synthetic surface known as a bowling green which is divided into parallel…

Hooverball

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Hooverball is a medicine ball game invented by President Herbert Hoover’s personal physician to help keep then-President Hoover fit.  In general, the game is played on a volleyball-type court of grass or sand and involves throwing a heavily weighted medicine ball over the net.  Officially, in Hooverball, the medicine ball weighs about 6 lb (2.7 kg) and is thrown over an 8 ft (2.4 m) volleyball-type net.  The game is…

Disc Golf

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Disc golf is a game in which players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.  The object is similar to regular golf, the player with the fewest number of throws, wins.  Modern disc golf started in the late 1960s. Disc golf is usually played in a public park, so players have to beware of bicyclists, hikers, children playing, and campers that may be on the course….

Backyard Camping

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You don’t have to go any further than your backyard to enjoy the outdoors.  Pitch a tent, unroll your sleeping bags (or use blankets, air mattresses and pillow), and enjoy barbecuing, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, singing songs, and telling ghost stories.  Don’t forget the insect repellent!

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Work on the Down Low to Improve What’s on Top

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Horticulturists agree that time spent improving what is happening below the surface of a lawn greatly reduces the time needed to maintain what is on top of it.  The ideal soil for grass meets five requirements: 1) it is slightly acidic; 2) it contains an adequate supply of nutrients; 3) it allows for deep root growth; 4) it supports a thriving population of beneficial microbes, and 5) it retains adequate…

What to Wear For Pest & Weed Control

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Whether you’re using insecticides and herbicides derived from botanical, biological, or synthetic materials, take all basic precautions, including the use of goggles, disposable dust masks (for pesticide dusts), and tight-fitting respirators when using liquid sprays.  Use National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved respirators containing activated charcoal cartridges that filter pesticide vapors from the air. Read all product labels thoroughly, and apply the products with great care.  Completely…

Setting the Right Mowing Height

Setting the Right Mowing Height

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There are several reasons not to cut your grass too short. Grass grows from the crown, not the blade tips, a trait that makes grass ideal for lawns.  Grass keeps growing despite regularly cutting off the upper stem, leaf sheath, and blades. Keeping grass longer allows it greater surface area to carry out photosynthesis,  which in turn results in healthier plants.  In addition, taller grass grows slower than shorter grass. …

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What is a Soil Amendment?

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Adding a soil amendment, also called a soil conditioner, helps improve plant growth and health.  The type of amendment or amendments added depends on the current soil composition, the climate, and the type of plant.  Some of the various amendments include: Lime (makes soil less acidic) Fertilizers for plant nutrients (i.e. manure, peat, or compost) Materials for water retention (i.e. clay, shredded bark, or vermiculite) Gypsum (releases nutrients and improves…

Underground pests - Japanese Beetle

Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an Eco-Friendly Approach

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How Should I Manage the Bugs in My Lawn? Too often, when insects are spotted, they are instantly seen as invaders that must be attacked with various toxic chemicals. While such actions may take care of the immediate problem, they usually create a host of others in their wake. Today, an ecologically sound concept called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is receiving serious recognition and support among home gardeners, professional landscapers,…