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Campbell Vaughn: For healthy lawn, take time to mow right

By Campbell Vaughn Columnist       Posted Jun 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM We have had good moisture so far this growing season and the heat is on the way. This weather has the grass moving upward fast. While many of us consider mowing the lawn to be an unwelcome aspect of home ownership, good mowing equals a nice lawn. Your lawn is one of the most highly visible portions of your landscape and mowing it correctly has a tremendous impact on its health and vigor.

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Manitowoc residents asked to limit use of fertilizers, herbicides on lawns

Alisa M. Schafer, Manitowoc Herald Times ReporterPublished 2:53 p.m. CT June 17, 2020 MANITOWOC - The city of Manitowoc has reminded residents to use fertilizers and herbicides sparingly on and around their yards.  "Chemicals and weed killers are not needed for a healthy lawn, and they're one of the main reasons we have green algae in our lakes and streams," a press release released Wednesday by the city said.

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Can Lawn Care Be Environmentally Friendly?

Earth911 - June 16, 2020 A beautiful grass lawn is good for the environment, right? Not necessarily, and the lawn care company who does yard work can make a big difference to a positive answer for this question. While grass, like other plants, captures carbon dioxide (CO2), certain lawn care practices can cancel out the environmental benefits of growing grass. For example, the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, as well as gas-powered yard equipment and high water...

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GROW: Pesticides in residential areas

By David Hillock - June 14, 2020 It’s no secret a well-maintained landscape can add value to your property, help prevent erosion, conserve water, supply oxygen, muffle sound and increase aesthetic and recreational values. However, a landscape that does all of that requires intensive care such as watering, fertilizing, mowing and pest control. Protecting the environment also requires care because some pesticides, specifically insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, may be washed from the lawn...

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Gulf fishers brace for a “dead zone” the size of Connecticut and Delaware

Earth Observatory / NASA The annual event is caused by farm runoff upstream. Between that and ever-increasing floods, some worry the Gulf’s shellfish industry will never recover.

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Fertilizer ordinances across Southwest Florida hope to curb nutrient pollution, stop algae blooms

Karl Schneider and Patrick Riley, Fort Myers News-Press Published 7:00 a.m. ET June 4, 2020   Rainy season is underway in Southwest Florida and with it comes an effort from local governments to curb excess nutrients in the area’s waters. Lee and Collier counties, as well as the cities that lay within, have implemented fertilizer ordinances in hopes of curbing harmful algal blooms

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Algal blooms found in Perdido Bay that can cause skin irritation to swimmers

Kevin Robinson, Pensacola News Journal Published 3:27 p.m. CT June 3, 2020 | Updated 5:36 p.m. CT June 3, 2020

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Are Coming to the U.S.

Release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida is imminent. But a team of scientists believe more studies are needed first, encouraging a public registry for GM organisms. Updated Jun. 05, 2020 4:00AM ET / Published Jun. 05, 2020 3:45AM ET 

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The 160-year-old reason you’re obsessed with your lawn

Frederick Law Olmstead aimed to bring nature to suburban doorsteps. Instead he helped create a dead zone for wildlife. By Grace Wade  June 1, 2020 Just three miles outside Chicago lies Riverside, Illinois, a quiet 1,600-acre village that looks like a tidy Stepford suburb. Few people, however, know that it helped set the mold for many more ‘burbs to come.

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Keep off the grass and other lawn-care fundamentals


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