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Inventor cultivates no-mow, easy-grow grass
FOXNEWS ^ | 09/08/12 | Lina Zeldovich

Posted on 09/09/2012 6:41:31 PM PDT by Doogle

The grass is always greener on Jackson Madnick’s lawn in Wayland, Mass.: green in a drought and green when it emerges from under the snow. Yet, he barely waters and mows it, and he never uses chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

It sounds too good to be true, but Madnick may have grown a better lawn.

After more than ten years of experimenting with thousands of seeds, he cultivated Pearl’s Premium -- a specific mix of red fescue, tall fescue, sheep fescue and other grasses. When combined in special proportions adjusted for sun, shade and sunny-shade, his blends produce deep green, thin-blade ground cover that's hardy yet soft to the touch.

“I almost didn't water it this year,” Phyllis Kominz from Massachusetts told FoxNews.com. Kominz has been using Pearl’s Premium for about three years and describes it as an “elegant” grass. “I mow it once a month, and my daughter never mows it because they’re too busy.”

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Gardening; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: grass
interesting.......
1 posted on 09/09/2012 6:41:37 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Chode

ping


2 posted on 09/09/2012 6:42:20 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

I want some of this grass. We have a combo of red & tall right now and it looks awful unless it rains.

Wonder when it will be available for commercial sale?


3 posted on 09/09/2012 6:44:57 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: Qwackertoo
I've got something similar to this growing in my lawn.

It is called clover.

4 posted on 09/09/2012 6:46:45 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Doogle; Revolting cat!; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows
Comes it self-applicating fertilizer.


5 posted on 09/09/2012 6:48:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The guy who was going to stop the rise of the oceans now can’t even fend off a few raindrops.)
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To: Doogle

Sounds awesome.....especially the not mowing part!


6 posted on 09/09/2012 6:48:17 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Vigilanteman

It is called clover.

It's quite popular .. I grow it too !

7 posted on 09/09/2012 6:49:58 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Qwackertoo

According to article you can buy it online at Lowes.....


8 posted on 09/09/2012 6:50:32 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Qwackertoo

Look up Buffalograss (buchloe dactyloides). I wanted to use it on the slopes on my property but the price is horrific.

Used to cover the plains, might not take a lot of traffic.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 6:52:01 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Qwackertoo
unless you have no lawn now, it's literally .. kill what you have, apply their seed, water twice a day for a month, use their fert and some etcetera's.

A lot like work and money (IMO) that really ... does it matter that your lawn looks like shit when everyone else's does too ?

10 posted on 09/09/2012 6:52:24 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Qwackertoo
Wonder when it will be available for commercial sale?

Like a cure for cancer and the common cold, probably too late for me. I have been mowing lawns every weekend for 50 years, and I'm tired.

11 posted on 09/09/2012 6:56:55 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: tomkat; Vigilanteman

Clover actually used to be included in commercial grass seeds, due to its coverage and nitrogen-fixing properties.


12 posted on 09/09/2012 6:59:03 PM PDT by oblomov
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To: Doogle
i'd give it a try...
13 posted on 09/09/2012 7:01:22 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: oblomov

It worked .. lol !


14 posted on 09/09/2012 7:02:45 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: oblomov

I remember when clover was common in lawns (still is in many cases).


15 posted on 09/09/2012 7:09:36 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Kimmers; Qwackertoo

I read Home Depot, not Lowe’s.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 7:15:43 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: Doogle

Jackson Madnick didn’t “build” this new grass seed. Obama & the government did.


17 posted on 09/09/2012 7:19:01 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: Doogle

Dwarf mondo grass is great! You don’t have to mow it. It thrives in sun or dense shade. It’s drought, heat, cold and disease tolerant. It also tends to choke out other weeds.


18 posted on 09/09/2012 7:47:41 PM PDT by fso301
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Pearl’s Premium, thanks Doogle.


19 posted on 09/09/2012 8:08:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Doogle
From Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine:

Chapter 12 (The Lawns of Summer) — Another interception of Leo's story which re-focuses on the Spaulding family; Douglas' grandfather begins the day, happily reveling in the sound of the lawn mower running on their lawn, an indicator to him that summer has truly begun. Grandma, however, tells him that Bill Forrester, the man cutting their grass, is planning to plant new grass on their lawn that will only grow to a certain height, thus eliminating the need for lawn mowers. (Note: no such grass actually exists yet in the real world) Horrified at this, Grandpa gives Bill a firm lecture on how little things can matter more than the big ones, especially to experienced people like him. Bill attempts to change his mind, but only convinces Grandpa further of his position when he learns that the new grass will kill off the dandelions.

Grandpa finally pays Bill the cost of the grass flats in return for him not installing the flats in his lawn. He takes a nap and wakes up in the afternoon to find Bill cutting the lawn again, having learned to appreciate the "little things," thanks to Grandpa.
20 posted on 09/09/2012 8:21:55 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: Doogle

GOD AND ST. FRANCIS DISCUSSING LAWNS

GOD: Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough. I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have they scheduled for us tonight?"

ST. CATHERINE: "Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's a really stupid movie about.....

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

21 posted on 09/09/2012 8:22:08 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: mrsmith

I bought a pound of buffalo grass this summer. I luckily didn’t plant it. The drought would have doomed it I’m sure.

I plan on starting it and letting it go to seed and propagating more from that. It helps that I don’t live in a city and there is no one to give me a hard time about not mowing it.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 8:26:24 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Kimmers
According to article you can buy it online at Lowes.....

Is that because it's Lowe-growing grass???

23 posted on 09/09/2012 8:28:14 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: a fool in paradise

I like your tag line!


24 posted on 09/09/2012 8:34:31 PM PDT by Ray76
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Mark


25 posted on 09/09/2012 9:05:55 PM PDT by numberonepal (First they came for Sarah, then they came for Herman.....)
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To: Doogle

I wonder how it would hold up in a fenced yard with several Golden Retrievers having the run of the yard for much of the day.


26 posted on 09/09/2012 9:17:10 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Doogle

Lawn porn.

27 posted on 09/09/2012 9:48:57 PM PDT by TChad
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To: TChad

That is a BEAUTIFUL lawn!


28 posted on 09/09/2012 10:00:42 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Irish Eyes
That is a BEAUTIFUL lawn!

And I'd only have to mow it once a month instead of once every four damn days?!?!

I confess to lusting after another man's lawn.

29 posted on 09/09/2012 10:28:59 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Doogle
“I mow it once a month, and my daughter never mows it because they’re too busy.”

I be very skeptical.
My lawn is infiltrated with Dallas grass, miss a week of cutting and you're looking at stuff 8 inches tall or better.

30 posted on 09/09/2012 10:40:52 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

My lawn is infiltrated with Dallas grass, ...
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I bought a house in the mid-’70s that was a “fixer upper” that was only 11 years old, because the previous owner had never done any maintenance or yardwork. The large backyard was about 50% nothing but Dallis(sp?)grass! I had to use a pick axe and shovel to dig that stuff out!


31 posted on 09/10/2012 1:13:38 AM PDT by octex
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To: Kimmers

The article said Home Depot online


32 posted on 09/10/2012 3:14:13 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: Doogle

We have a heavily wooded back yard that’s nothing but clay, rocks and leaves. I’d be really interested to see if this product works. I looked online and there is a variation for shade. At $162. for a 25lb bag, it’s a little pricey, but might be worth a try. Thanks for the article link!


33 posted on 09/10/2012 7:36:05 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: Ray76

I borrowed this tagline from a comment by another Freeper in the run up to the DNC Convention.


34 posted on 09/10/2012 10:47:45 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The guy who was going to stop the rise of the oceans now can’t even fend off a few raindrops.)
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To: Doogle

I have looked for it and not found it for sale in MN...I’m assuming winter here would kill it any way.


35 posted on 09/10/2012 11:18:38 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: melissa_in_ga

pricey indeed...might want to wait a bit until it’s worth a big companies interest to buy the rights to it ...might lower the cost some..


36 posted on 09/10/2012 12:23:58 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

But definitely not as expensive as laying sod, which we were thinking we’d have to do.


37 posted on 09/10/2012 2:32:53 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: FamiliarFace

thank you for the correction....I appreciate it...


38 posted on 09/10/2012 2:52:16 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Vigilanteman

That was very enjoyable! Thanks for sharing. I needed a good laugh today!


39 posted on 09/10/2012 5:37:15 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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