An old seed merchant once told me, “Mike, you’ve got to make a pilgrimage to the Willamette valley in Oregon where all the grass seed is grown.”  Since my brother lives near there, I did. This farm grows mostly tall fescue, perennial rye and fine fescue. The farmers were really nice and they were happy…

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There is a lot of clover this year and people love it or hate it.  To put it in perspective, I would like to share the view of clover before the advent of broadleaf weed killer.  This is from the scientist who introduced 2,4-D to the landscape.  He lamented the fact that the chemical herbicide…

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We all have to eat.  In a forest, leaves fall and enrich the undisturbed soil.  Bacteria and fungi decompose the litter and provide nutrients to the trees.  In a residential garden bed that has been turned over, dug up and may not have such good soil to begin with, things might not be so rosy.…

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