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Australian wildfires fertilized expansive algal blooms: Study

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09/17/2021 by Lena Beck Australia’s 2019-2020 fire season garnered international attention as an environmental catastrophe. The ecological implications of these fires were many: over 18 million hectares burned, and researchers estimate that nearly three billion animals either died in the fires or were driven from their habitats. The smoke and ash would linger after the last fires were extinguished. It is estimated that 830 million tons of carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere during...

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Lake Superior Has Seen Half A Dozen Blue-Green Algae Blooms This Year

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Blooms Were Minor But Underscore Troubling Changes For The Lake By Danielle Kaeding Published: Monday, September 20, 2021, 5:20am A decade ago, a blue-green algae bloom had never been reported on Lake Superior. Now, half a dozen blue-green algae blooms have been reported this summer across Lake Superior, including one that formed recently in Superior. But researchers say the blooms were relatively minor. 

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BLEVINS: Aeration improves your lawn’s performance

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Phil Blevins | Extension Agent, Agriculture, Washington County, Virginia - Sep 20, 2021 Lawn aeration helps by improving microbial activity, increasing water, oxygen and nutrient movement into the soil, improving rooting and reducing pesticide and fertilizer runoff. Generally these benefits come from reducing soil compaction, which can be a problem for residential lawns.

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Mashpee Residents Learn How To Protect Waters With Healthy Lawn Care

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By SAM DRYSDALE​    Sep 17, 2021 Homeowners in Mashpee recently received a letter from the town asking them to eliminate the use of fertilizers on their lawns, and residents came together Tuesday night, September 14, in an online forum to discuss and learn more about lawn care and how it affects clean waters. Guests discussed lawn alternatives, finding the best grass for the environment and homeowners’ lifestyles, the harmful effects of certain fertilizer nutrients and how to fertilize...

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What Are These Weeds Taking Over My Lawn?

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What Are These Weeds Taking Over My Lawn? By Steve Bender  September 07, 2021 Most homeowners recognize dandelions, clover, and nutgrass when they see them in their lawns and tolerate or eradicate them. But certain weeds fly under the radar. They either germinate in late summer when you think the battle is over or sneak in under the cover of taller grass until they conquer the whole lawn by summer's end. Peel your eyes for the following four fiends.

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The benefits of grasscycling lawn clippings

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Posted August 31, 2021 9:00 a.m. EDT      Updated August 31, 2021 11:36 a.m. EDT Believe it or not, there’s one simple thing you can do to save time, effort and money, all while protecting the environment: allow grass clippings to stay on your lawn. Art Bruneau, professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, has been calling this concept "grasscycling" for years and highly promotes leaving clippings where they fall. This process helps lawns thrive — and many of the healthiest lawns are...

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Ban on nitrogen, phosphorous fertilizers in effect for islands

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By TIFFANY REPECKI / [email protected] - | Aug 10, 2021 From July 1 through Sept. 30, a city ordinance prohibits the use of fertilizers on Sanibel containing nitrogen or phosphorous, along with additional guidelines, to curb excess nutrients from entering local waterways. From June 1 to Sept. 20, a similar Lee County ordinance prohibits the same on Captiva. Nutrients fuel algae and high enough levels can lead to algal blooms.

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IN THE YARD: Steps and calculations to sow, grow a new lawn

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STUART SUTPHIN Contributing columnist This was the complete loss of a small wooded area beside my home. I have spent the spring and summer cleaning the area up so I can sow grass this fall and have a new lawn. I prefer this as it would have taken too long to bring up a crop of trees to restore that woodlot.

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Everything you need to get started with fall lawn care

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By ANGELA WATSON | BESTREVIEWS | JUL 27, 2021 AT 5:39 PM Fall lawn care It may seem like your lawn doesn't require as much maintenance and care in the fall as the spring or summer. But there are still things you should do — and get — for your lawn to keep it healthy in the fall. Learning to care for your lawn and prepare it for the coming winter season is important if you want a healthy, verdant yard next spring.

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Lawns: An American Relationship Harming the Environment

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Mowing lawns is the source of some 5% of US air pollution.

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