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Lawn Murder

By Leslie Duthie

Americans love their lawns yet they provide minimal habitat or ecological value for anything other than humans. From an ecological standpoint, I started to rethink the importance of the “lawn” and to consider a smaller lawn and? or? lawn alternatives that do not require fertilizer, water, or much mowing. Ultimately, I decided the best solution would be to replace the lawn with new gardens. 

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Five Reasons Synthetics Are No Longer Considered Best Practices

By Chip Osborne

All industries eventually arrive at best practices that represent the most productive and efficient method to deliver desired results while at the same time minimizing negative impact. While it is understood that all practices are subject to change over time, our industry changes have been motivated by the knowledge that the synthetics we use may have unintended consequences at times.

 

 

 

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Echinacea Trials at Mt. Cuba Center

 By Sam Hoadley

Echinacea, commonly known as coneflower, is experiencing a horticultural renaissance thanks to plant breeders’ hybridization work resulting in the flood of new Echinacea cultivars to the horticultural market. While many of these plants look fantastic on paper, Mt. Cuba aimed to assess their actual garden performance and document their ability to attract insect pollinators.  

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Notable Natives: Large Shrubs and Small Trees

by Sarah Middeleer

Proponents of ecological gardening are urging gardeners to reduce lawn areas and add native plants. Native shrub borders are lower maintenance than perennial borders, making them an excellent solution to this challenge. These plants often provide multi-season interest, including showy flowers, fruit, and fall foliage. Perhaps their best feature is the habitats and food they offer birds and pollinators.

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Gleanings from Headline News – April 2021

We’ve scanned the media – in print and online – for items of interest to ELA’s ecologically focused audience:

  • Tallamy Forms HomeGrown National Park Initiative
  • Resolution to Declare April Native Plant Month
  • Drilling Arctic Refuge Will Release Double Dose of Carbon
  • Spotted Lanternfly Alert
  • Cities Take Action to Limit Loud and Polluting Lawn Care
  • Irrigation Canals Covered in Solar Panels is a Win/Win
  • Amelanchiers: A Native to Brighten Any Garden
  • Study Shows Carbon Emissions Across Entire Food Production Chain
  • Leaf Litter: Love It and Leave It
  • Carex flacca Found to Be Invasive
  • Healthy Pots, Healthy Planet
  • Twenty-Seven Year Study of Buzzards Bay Water Quality
  • Virtual Democracy to Protect the Little Things That Run the World
  • How Do Maple Trees React to Climate Change
  • Sci-Fi Eco Thriller
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