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Issue #189, September 2, 2012*
This week we posted these items in What's Up
new lawn from seed
In awe of insect predators
mulch in fall, bad to
steal plant labels
of bird baths
potentilla at 45 mph
win at hide and seek
Results and plans from
our recent poll
We really burned our synapses this week creating a Mulch
Calculator. We sure hope you take a look and let us know how it
works or what we can do to make it better... because we've already
launched into the work for a Soil Calculator and Rock Calculator.
(The Mulch Calculator's been reviewed by and altered for one 31
year old male, one 50 year old female, and one 16 year old female.
We'd like to accommodate more viewpoints!)
Other than that, we've been bending our backs over sod and
stone, making way for new gardens and new paths because fall is the
time to plant, and fall's upon us.
Fall's also the time to get a lawn fixed or started new. We hope
you'll celebrate the success of a recent lawn seeding with us in
this issue. Then, pass that link for this how-to article along to
someone in need -- such as one of those young people who've
recently bought a home that sat untended so the lawn reverted to
Three new items in Main features:
No more extra trips for bags of mulch! Mulch
For you who want to order the right amount delivered or buy the
correct number of bagsthe first time 'round, we've created an
answer machine. Type in number of square feet or measurements and
descriptions of beds to learn how many cubic yards or bags of mulch
will cover it. Includes recommendations for types and depths of
There is no better time of year to start a lawn in the Great
Lakes region than mid-August to mid-September. Same goes for
renovating poor lawn areas. A step by step how to with costs
An overview of helping new home owners find the simplest answers
to the basic questions. It isn't just one article but a gateway to
many answers for those learning to clip, mow, rake and dig around a
new home or an older home with new owners.
New in the department, This week in our gardens
A closer look into webbing on shrubs:
We wrote recently that spraying shrubs to kill spiders is not a
good idea. Here's further explanation, all contained in just a few
square feet of shrub surface
Green thumbs up and down
This week our nod goes to
mulching in fall. We tell you why and how.
Our digital "No!" goes to
stealing plant labels.
One topic crossed over from the Forum in Tip
A pretty tour of back yard basins and a nod to their many
Just now seen in the 45 mph garden
A humble native shows its stuff, now in pink as well as white
New in the Stumper department
Nuff said? Or maybe you're new to growing this sneaky squash --
come take a warning.
We've been planning changes, reported in What's
We polled you regarding our current E-summary versus our
pre-website magazine format.
By a bit more than 2:1, you say that reading articles on the
website and receiving this weekly E-summary are AOK. Thank you.
Your votes also included many comments and suggestions.
Wonderful! We've implemented some and are working on others. Our
What's Next department tracks our changes, beginning this
One out of three respondents preferred our magazine format in
PDF. They reported that they enjoyed its portability -- print it
and read it anywhere. Others liked its share-ability -- make an
extra copy for computer-less Aunt Mel. Some like it because they
can connect to the Internet only now and then and want to download
all the latest news in one stroke. Others mentioned that its "look"
was more pleasing. We're glad you appreciate all of this
Thanks to the generosity of a portion of those respondents,
we'll trial the format as a parallel subscription publication,
beginning with issue #190. We will share those with all readers as
we look for others who would subscribe to this arrangement.
We'll launch a campaign for Sponsor-subscribers, too. If the
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New in the library called Ensemble Weekly
We move this year's news into this department as the seasons
change, but we also keep adding to this season-based library from our
archives. This week, we've posted these issues and articles to
this collection you can use by choosing a season and key words from
What's Coming Up #14, with lawn weeds, holiday trees and
What's Coming Up #35 with a dried flower wedding, and cool hard
cuts on weeping mulberry
Growing Concerns #255 with Sneezy's mistake, goldenrod's
Growing Concerns #716 with runaway plants, retirement garden,
Growing Concerns #730 natural wooded area, juniper hedge,
vertical mulch, dividing, edging, mowing
Growing Concerns #763 with pruning spirea and lavender, kill
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format and load them.
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