Grass Rooted

Archive for July, 2011

Let’s just be blunt: your dog’s pee is killing your grass. Okay, that might be too harsh. Dog urine is not a death sentence for your lawn, but it sure can cause some damage. The problem is nitrogen. Dog urine is packed with it, and an overload of nitrogen burns your lawn. It’s the exact same thing that happens when you over-fertilize. Too much nitrogen = fried lawn. Those tell-tale yellow or brown spots throughout your ... Read the rest of this story

This week, the Twin Cities’ StarTribune reported on the mysterious decline of trees around Minnesota. Except the decline wasn’t actually so mysterious: local lawn care companies had treated homeowners lawns with a weed killer called Imprelis. Unfortunately, turns out, Imprelis wreaks havoc on trees, particularly conifers. How the herbicide made it on to the market without a warning about the tree problem remains a real mystery. Meanwhile, a class-action lawsuit regarding the matter was filed on Monday. So ... Read the rest of this story

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ruled that a new genetically modified grass in development by Scott Miracle Gro is exempt from federal regulation on GMOs. While the news about the regulation is interesting and debatable, I’m having more of a “holy cow” moment just learning about the new grass. Here’s the story. The new genetically modified grass isn’t on the market yet; it’s still in development. But it’s a variety of Kentucky bluegrass modified ... Read the rest of this story

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