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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 to give me a guided tour..

The native-Americans in New England would set fire to the forest once or twice a year.  Only the underbrush would burn and the practice would maintain habitat for deer and other game while strawberries and blueberries would thrive.  That all stopped when the first settlers fenced things off and cut down the forests.  Now, we plant yews for the deer while the geese and turkeys love our landscapes.