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Intentional Misreading, Traffic Edition

The sign does not raise a merely hypothetical concern.

Thank goodness that expectations have been made clear. Fortunately, parking on pickup trucks seems to be okay. Parking on mushroom motorcycles would also be acceptable.

If You Do as the Chemlawn people tell you,

You could miss out on a field of buttercups.

If You Mow Your Lawn

People who mow their lawns to be neat and tidy and short miss the pleasure of bronze colored seed heads.

Five Plants To Lose Time By

Japanese maple for the light filtering through the overlapping leaves

Tall grass for the separation between the leaves and the seed heads

Mint for its mist of pollinators

Catalpa for the absurdly large beanness of it

Apple for the deer it brings

Another of Nature’s Lawn Aerators at work: the Flicker

The squirrels and earthworms have been pocking little holes in my lawn for weeks now, supplementing the frost heave of winter in aerating the grass. Another of nature’s lawn aerators has been visiting lately: the Northern Flicker, a woodpecker that drills into the ground in search of little ants and grubs, two other little beasties [...]

Daffodils and Crocuses in my lawn?

I’ve got a gardening question for you. I’ve noticed that up here in Maine the crocuses and daffodils have already bloomed, while the grass has only gotten green in the last day or two and certainly won’t need to be mowed for a week or two.

What’s to keep a body from planting bulbs all [...]

Manicured Lawn Aphorism

Irregular Aphorism: A person with a manicured lawn mistakes the earth for a fingernail.

Northern Sea Oats Against Global Warming

The old northern sea oats that falls down year after year will only partially decompose, leaving a good deal of carbon in the soil and building up a rich thatch. Instead of being the location of the release of carbon dioxide into the air, the patch of northern sea oats will be a small carbon sink. [...]

Act in Your Back Yard Against More Oil Slicks

Replacing lawn with gardens and trees won’t cut the demand for oil as much as we need to, but it’s an important step in the effort to make sure that American shores never experience another invasion of filth from offshore drilling. [...]

Choosing a Big Bluestem

Big bluestem has a reputation as a sturdy plant that can adapt to many different soils, but still, I’m wondering how much I need to prepare the soil, removing the grassroots from the lawn, for example. [...]