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  • The American Lawn Needs to Die

    09/30/2015 8:49:25 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 162 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | September 30, 2015 | Eric Nicholson
    THE AMERICAN LAWN NEEDS TO DIE BY ERIC NICHOLSONWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 My first inkling that America's lawn obsession might not be terribly healthy came around 1995. We'd just moved into a new house in Far North Dallas, and 10- or 11-year-old me decided that the next-door neighbor's lawn — green and smooth as flawless as a golf-course fairway with manicured grass to cushion falls — was the perfect spot for football. The neighbor, a hard-nosed high school track coach, promptly ran us off and upbraided my father for letting me trespass. This struck me as backward. What good was...
  • Obama calls for regs on drones

    01/27/2015 3:27:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Tuesday said the U.S. needs to create a “regulatory structure” for the domestic use of drones — one day after a small, unmanned quad copter was discovered on the South Lawn of the White House. “There are incredibly useful functions that these drones can play in terms of farmers who are managing crops and conservationists who want to take stock of wildlife,” Obama told CNN. He noted that companies like Amazon are experimenting with using drones to deliver packages. “But we don't really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it,” he added. The president...
  • 'Device' Discovered on White House Lawn

    01/26/2015 2:21:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/26/15
    NEW DELHI, India — A "device" was found on the lawn of the White House, President Barack Obama's press secretary said Monday. Josh Earnest confirmed the discovery during a briefing on Obama's trip to India. He said the device did not pose any immediate threat.
  • Ok all I have a Lawn/Gardening Question...

    12/15/2014 7:45:44 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 36 replies
    15 Dec 21014 | US Navy Vet
    I have about 1.5 acres of land in my back yard and I need advice on what/when to plant on it so all the dirt does now wash down to the bottom. Whatever I plant/seed needs to come in thick and fast. My daughter had 2 horses back there and now the land is pretty bare.
  • Southern Turfgrass Choices, Installation, and Care

    05/23/2012 6:33:10 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 17 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 23, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Just as important as choosing the right plants for your yard, is choosing the right type of turfgrass. The main choices available to homeowners in the southern U.S. area are St Augustine, Bermuda, Buffalo, and Zoysia grasses...
  • Is Obama Building A Bunker Under The White House Lawn?

    11/28/2011 8:15:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/11 | Zeke Miller
    Is Obama Building A Bunker Under The White House Lawn? Zeke Miller | Nov. 28, 2011, 9:37 AM | 10,060 | 54 A A A inShare4 White House Hole Bunker Image: Charles Dharapak/AP Photo See Also: The White House Wants You To Know How Much You'll Lose If The Payroll Tax Cut Expires The White House Wants You To Know How Much You'll Lose If The Payroll Tax Cut Expires WATCH: Romney's First Campaign Ad Tries To Pass Off McCain Quote As Obama WATCH: Romney's First Campaign Ad Tries To Pass Off McCain Quote As Obama Obama Bites Lip Jobs...
  • Mystery of the West Wing hole: Is Obama building a super-bunker under the White House?

    10/18/2011 10:57:48 AM PDT · by yorkie · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/11 | Daniel Bates
    It is a huge hole in one of the world's most famous gardens - but nobody knows what it is for. Workmen have torn up an enormous section of the lawn in front of the White House for a mysterious, top secret project. Official explanations have ranged from an update of the air conditioning system to something 'security' related. But that has not stopped speculation that the President is installing something else entirely - from a swimming pool to a spa.
  • Mysterious project continues

    10/12/2011 10:37:22 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/12/11 | JULIE MASON
    White House reporters have tried all their sneakiest reporter tricks to find out what is really going on behind the green construction wall on the North Lawn. The 44 blog recently witnessed one journalist trying to extract details from a utility worker, to no avail. Trucks come and go from the White House construction site, their company logos covered for security. There is jackhammering, and digging. The cement truck tires get washed off before they leave the site -- no one wants a messy White House driveway.
  • Need a Lawn Mower Recommendation (Vanity)

    07/19/2011 3:00:36 PM PDT · by StonyMan451 · 112 replies
    StonyMan451 | 7/19/2011 | StonyMan451
    I've just been informed that my second Toro gas powered push lawn mower isn't worth fixing. I know very little about engines and such, so I'm taking the mechanic's word for it. The engine has thrown a rod (I can hear it) and the transmission's shot (that's why I took it to be repaired). Now I have to plead a little a lot guilty. I did not take proper care of the thing. I should have changed the oil, etc., etc. However, before I invest in another lawn mower (which I PROMISE I will take good care of) I thought...
  • Dispute Over Yard Escalates Into Battle With Lakeland Police (must see pics)

    03/11/2011 7:05:16 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 54 replies
    THE LEDGER ^ | Thursday, March 10 | Jeremy Maready
    What began as a dispute between neighbors about yard work ended when one of them was arrested and physically subdued by Lakeland police officers. Joe Florence, 57, 620 Chatham Drive, was stunned with a Taser on Tuesday night and left with a bloody face, broken nose and possibly a broken jaw, he said Thursday. He disputes the police reports of the struggle, which said Florence became very agitated, was told he was being placed under arrest and then fought an officer. Police said Officers Nicholas Ivancevich and Heather Freeman received minor injuries in the scuffle, a portion of which was...
  • University Park man slain after dog urinates on lawn

    05/12/2010 8:02:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies · 1,851+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 11, 2010 | Steve Schmadeke and Lolly Bowean
    A former Marine who neighbors say obsessed over his University Park lawn is being held on $3 million bail, accused of gunning down a neighbor whose puppy urinated on the man's well-manicured grass. Charles J. Clements, 69, had won the south suburb's beautification and lawn upkeep award but also was known for threatening people who dared to set foot in his yard, neighbors said. Joshua Funches, a 23-year-old father of two, was walking his fox terrier Gucci in the 500 block of Landau Road on Sunday night when the dog lifted its leg and went on Clements' lawn, said Funches'...
  • Calif. couple who removed lawn plead not guilty

    03/03/2010 8:10:09 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 980+ views
    news ^ | Mar 2
    ORANGE, Calif. – A California man who tried to save water and money by removing his front lawn is being taken to court. Quan Ha pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor count for violating Orange city code. He faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Ha and his wife replaced their grass with wood chips in 2008. They said they'd just had a baby and began to think about her future....
  • Lynnwood(Washington)sets height limit on grass: 8 inches

    02/09/2010 5:56:50 PM PST · by MountainLoop · 49 replies · 856+ views
    The Everett Herald ^ | February 9, 2010 | Mina Williams
    LYNNWOOD — Lawns with grass taller than 8 inches are now illegal in this city. Placing the restriction on unsightly yards was one of several steps the City Council took on Monday to tighten up its nuisance ordinance. Provisions also were added to rules governing overnight parking of trucks in residential areas and “mother-in-law” apartments. “It is unfortunate that this ordinance has been tagged as the ‘grass ordinance,’ since there is only a couple of lines in the whole ordinance addressing lawns,” Councilman Loren Simmonds said. “This is not government weighing in on little people. We are simply trying to...
  • SEIU Shows Softer Side With Lawn Signs in Sacramento Area [New Mask for Thugs]

    09/19/2009 10:27:17 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 1,011+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 19, 2009
    SEIU Shows Softer Side With Lawn Signs in Sacramento Area By Jon Ortiz Sep. 19, 2009 California's biggest state employee union has tried the fist. Now it's extending the hand. Service Employees International Union Local 1000 has planted nearly 15,000 lawn signs in the Sacramento region aimed at building public support for the 95,000 state workers it represents. The campaign is a courteous counterpoint to the angry rallies, aggressive ad campaigns and strike threats the union has employed in the last few months as it unsuccessfully pushed Republican legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to ratify the local's stalled labor contract....
  • Green Lawn Secrets

    07/12/2009 5:37:28 PM PDT · by narses · 58 replies · 2,791+ views
    It's not only what you do to your lawn, but when you do it. The first day of Spring is August 15th. What you do in the fall will affect your lawn, since that's when plants go through their major growth spurt. Killing Weeds Autumn is the best time to kill weeds, just as the weather starts to cool down. Weeds grow best during bright, sunny days between 1:PM and 3:PM. In order to get the maximum benefit from your weed killer, spray a weak solution of children's shampoo on the lawn. Believe it or not, this washes the grime...
  • SWAT team called in over landscaping flap[Indiana]

    07/08/2009 11:23:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 62 replies · 1,426+ views
    WTHR ^ | 07 July 2009 | Ray Cortopassi
    Indianapolis - A call to the city's SWAT team was the final move against one property owner who let his grass grow higher than a foot. Specially trained officers were called out to the 9000 block of Harrison Run Drive as city crews tried to groom one unruly yard on the northeast side.Harrison Run is a neighborhood well cared for. At home after home in this subdivision near 71st and Fall Creek Road, neighbors tend to their yards. That's why one in particular stood out - or in this case, stood up."We're talking about a foot and half tall," said...
  • City Council weighs plan to keep cars off lawns[Houston]

    01/16/2009 10:31:43 AM PST · by BGHater · 23 replies · 623+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 14 Jan 2009 | CAROLYN FEIBEL
    Nettled by neighbors who clutter up their front yards with parked vehicles? You could work to outlaw this practice in your Houston neighborhood if the City Council approves a yard-parking ordinance on Wednesday's agenda. The proposed law would allow civic associations to apply for the prohibition, or for 60 percent of residents to apply by petition. City officials developed this “opt-in” process after efforts to enact a citywide ban failed in 2007. “I’m really excited that it’s finally come to council,” said Councilman James Rodriguez of District I, on the East Side. Rodriguez said that after crime, the problem of...
  • The Homes of the Suburb - Of Freshly Cut Grass and Barbeques

    04/26/2008 8:41:28 PM PDT · by 5tealth · 48 replies · 90+ views
    4.26.2008 | 5tealth
    The modernized America we know today is largely dominated by suburbs, the perfect mix of city and ranch, commonly on the outskirts of cities. Its not the stacked to Timbuktu apartments like in New York, Kansas City, and Chicago, but its not the "home on the range" sort of thing. We know the modern suburb as nicely assorted houses, separated by lush, thick, dark green lawns, that are neatly cut every weekend. We know them with the smell of barbeque every Sunday after the residents have come home from Church. Its these modern American paradises that house the factory-workers, the...
  • 'Lawnmower man' completes epic journey

    11/15/2007 4:54:44 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 18 replies · 216+ views ^ | 11/15/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Truck driver Kjell Fundin has done what no man has ever done before by traveling almost the entire length of Sweden on a lawnmower. On Thursday morning the intrepid 59-year-old from Sundsvall made history as he drove his trusty machine into Ystad town centre. Covering a distance of 1,700 kilometres (1,060 miles), the lawnmower man took 46 days to complete the journey from Haparanda to the southern town. The idea for the journey came about after a well-known radio show host travelled the same route on a motorcycle during the summer. Distinctly unimpressed, Fundin decided to pop off an e-mail...
  • Vanity: Summertime Yard Work (need yard grooming advise)

    07/20/2007 10:21:13 AM PDT · by HOTTIEBOY · 94 replies · 1,298+ views
    70/20/2007 | HB
    Hello Hank Hill, propane and propane accessories. Not really. I would like to have a discussion about my lawn, though. Maybe just lawn mower talk in general. I have recently moved into a new house. The yard is very well groomed...moreso than I am used to. I am used to mowing patches of grass and weedeating a little and being done. This new yard is one of those "yard of the week" type yards. The people that owned it before me took pride in their gardening and obviously just enjoyed doing it. The grass is very lush and thick, although...
  • Police: Man Killed Teen for Walking on Lawn (Ohio)

    03/21/2006 3:03:05 PM PST · by xzins · 142 replies · 5,303+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 21 Mar 06 | Lisa Cornwell
    Police: Man Killed Teen for Walking on Lawn By LISA CORNWELL ASSOCIATED PRESS BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - 0321dv-lawn-shooting A man who neighbors say was devoted to his meticulously kept lawn was charged with murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who apparently walked across his yard. Charles Martin called 911 on Sunday afternoon, saying calmly: "I just killed a kid." Police, who released the call's contents, said Martin also told the dispatcher: "I've been harassed by him and his parents for five years. Today just blew it up." Larry Mugrage, whose family lived next door, was shot in the...
  • Request for Help - Getting the Flock Out of Here

    01/07/2006 7:03:52 AM PST · by blau993 · 87 replies · 1,190+ views
    Vanity | 1/7/06 | blau993
    I need some advice, and this group may be able to help. A flock of geese (Canada) has landed on the water next to our house and has apparently decided that water and my lawn are where they would like to winter over. We had this happen a few years ago, and they tore the daylights out of my lawn and left enough "fertilizer" to last a lifetime. My two labs are pretty good at dispersing them (the younger is nicknamed "Goosechaser"), but this bunch is persistent and keeps coming back. I am thinking of taking it to the next...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, November 13-19, 2005: Lawns in America, and Lake Pinatubo

    11/16/2005 8:44:17 AM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 812+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory/Bertrand Website ^ | NASA/Yann-Arthus Bertrand
    NASA Earth Observatory has this neat graph of the lawn area in the United States. It's a very close match to the "night light" image made a couple of years ago. I linked the little picture below to the bigger one (which is only 380 K). Click on the link for the accompanying article. Yann-Arthus Bertrand took this impressive photograph of the "crater lake" inside the caldera from the Pinatubo eruption of 1991:
  • Plant Experiments

    06/13/2005 3:34:28 PM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies · 830+ views
    My overcrowded inbox | A day or two ago | Rev. Muata Rasuli
    This came to me today via email. I thought it was very interesting. (The text of the email follows.) A friend of mine was raising Wheat Grass and decided to try an experiment that anyone can duplicate with relative ease. She had three trays of Wheat Grass. Tray A: She prayed for and sang to and had nothing but good things to say about. Tray B: She spoke to in the same manner that her grandmother addressed her as a child. This amounted to incessant criticism, shame and blame. To make it even more realistic she had to curse the...
  • Clear signs people aren't over the election

    12/06/2004 8:11:18 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 41 replies · 1,361+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-06-04 | Bill Salisbury
    Most political lawn signs come down right after an election. But this year a few die-hard partisans in the east metro area still have signs in their yards. Almost all the remaining signs belong to supporters of the Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards. And the vast majority of those posters can be found in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Political posters are now a rarity in the suburbs. The election is over, so why can't those Kerry-Edwards supporters acknowledge their candidates lost and move on? "I'm protesting the election and George Bush's presidency for the next four years,"...
  • NYC Lawyers: Permit Rejection About Lawn

    08/20/2004 9:22:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 243+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/20/04 | Larry Neumeister - AP
    NEW YORK - The city's decision to deny a permit to protesters for a rally on Central Park's Great Lawn on the weekend before the Republican National Convention is about preserving the lawn, not suppressing speech, lawyers for the city said in federal court Friday. The lawn would be ruined if 75,000 people gathered there for a rally on Aug. 28 and then 250,000 people used the lawn for another rally the next day, said Gail Donoghue, representing the city. "I think two is too many back to back. The lawn would have no time to recover," Donoghue told U.S....