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My Impromptu Dog Garden, For a Season

My long-term gardening plan where I live in Maine is simple in the abstract: let the woods grow in from the edges over time and find something other than grass in the middle.

As always in a garden, concrete reality becomes more complicated.

I’ve got dogs. Big dogs. Digging dogs. These big digging dogs have […]

If You Do as the Chemlawn people tell you,

You could miss out on a field of buttercups.

Lawn Variety is Not a Curse

If I mow my lawn every week and spray and weed, everything looks short and green and the same. Call it a choice or call it lazy, but I think that if something is growing in my lawn and it isn’t a thistle, it belongs there. One of the benefits of waiting and being patient […]

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.

All Graves Opening in Two Days: Now That’ll Aerate the Lawn

For once an American religious leader has doled out an empirically testable prediction. We’ll be on the lookout for this development:

What will take place on May 21? On May 21, 2011 two events will occur. These events could not be more opposite in nature, the one more wonderful than can be imagined; the […]

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 […]

Options in Lawn Aeration

I could get a big, heavy contraption to aerate the yard outside my house…

… or I could let the squirrels do it. Later this spring the earthworms will leave their castings on top of the grass, fertilizing it and aerating the lawn all over again. ‘Course, they wouldn’t do that if I’d killed […]

Manicured Lawn Aphorism

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

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. […]

A Purple Anemone for Earth Day

An anemone blooming underneath the leaves of a growing ornamental onion, where last year there was only a patch of grass to mow […]