Lawn to Meadow – Part II

Lawn to Meadow – Part II

As stated in Lawn to Meadow – Part I, traditional turf lawns are food deserts that are unwelcoming for both birds and insects.  In addition, trying to achieve the “perfect” lawn requires a lot of chemicals, water, and effort.  Going from turf to flowering...
The Big Thirst

The Big Thirst

We don’t need data from the National Weather Service to know that it is DRY!  From brown lawns to desiccated soybean fields to exposed shorelines, everything is parched.  We need a good, soaking rain.  The forecast looks hopeful for this week. Lake...
Lawn to Meadow – Part I

Lawn to Meadow – Part I

Manicured Lawns – A Brief History The concept of closely cut, well-kept grass areas in gardens premiered in the 1700s in England and France.  The amount of maintenance required by these new garden features kept them strictly in the realm of the rich.  Thomas...
What is Wrong with the Sycamore Trees?

What is Wrong with the Sycamore Trees?

Summer has finally arrived!  After a long, cold, wet spring, warm temperatures are here.  And along with the warm temps come the green trees.  All except the Sycamores.  Have you noticed that they look dead?  They don’t seem to have as many leaves, or any large leaves...
Planting A Million Trees!

Planting A Million Trees!

ForestIN is a program to increase the state’s tree canopy by planting a million trees. Indiana DNR’s Division of Forestry will manage the effort, provide seedlings, and coordinate with divisions, non-profits, businesses and the general public to bring...