Mow Your Leaves and Pamper Your Plants

– Posted in: Garden chores
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We are blessed to have a couple of hundred-year-old trees in our front yard. For the past two years, I have asked the family member in charge of mowing the front yard to use the bag attachment on the lawn mower for the final mowing, so that the leaves are shredded and collected by the [...]

Mulch Can Kill Trees

– Posted in: Garden chores, How-to

Mulch can kill trees--that sounds kind of extreme, doesn't it? But it caught your attention, right? I suppose it would be more accurate to say improper mulching can kill trees, but as I look around me, improper mulching of trees seems to be the standard practice, the only kind of mulching around trees that's being [...]

Teaming with Microbes: Take 2

– Posted in: Book reviews

Oh, dear--I'm afraid I didn't do a very good job reviewing this book, because people are getting the wrong impression. I was in the midst of writing a very long comment to rectify the situation, and decided it would make a better post instead. First of all Mary Ann Newcomer commented: Good grief! I am [...]