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News stories tagged with "grass"

Whose lawn is lusher?

Lots of people love a full, lush lawn. Personal green space for the kids, a tidy, open vista around the house, but it isn't easy, keeping a monoculture like grass. Lawns DO like a rainy summer like this one. And fertilizers and herbicides might help. But there's concern about water pollution from lawn chemicals. Julie Grant reports that some experts say you can use them, just don't over-use them.  Go to full article
Tom Lee surveys the switchgrass plots he planted this spring.
Tom Lee surveys the switchgrass plots he planted this spring.

Grass pellets: growing the North Country's own energy

The price of oil has been going down lately, but people are still worried about heating their homes this winter. The skyrocketing prices of oil and natural gas are fueling a run on pellet stoves. A winter's heat from pellet stoves can cost half of that from an oil furnace. Dealers across the North Country report they can't keep up with demand. The pellets themselves are made from wood scraps at factories across North America. But alternative energy and agricultural leaders believe high prices are hastening the day when pellets are made from grass. And they hope that grass will be grown right here in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Bamboo

This hollow reed, prized for everything from fishing poles to furniture, may grow to tree height, but as Dr Curt Stager and Martha Foley explain, is actually a grass.  Go to full article

Turf talk: taking care of the lawn

Horticulturist Amy Ivy reminds gardeners and homeowners not to neglect the lawn in late summer. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

The do's and don'ts of lawn care

Knowing how to care for your lawn year-round is important. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on spring and summer lawn mowing. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Grazers Gather to Share Success Stories

When people think of dairy country, most imagine cows placidly munching on grass in a green field. In fact, only 15% of New York's dairy farms send their cows out to pasture regularly. Instead, most dairy cows live in barns. The farmer brings their food in and trucks their manure out. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Adirondack North Country Association want to encourage more farmers to embrace a specific kind of pasturing called rotational grazing. They're organizing a workshop and farm tour Wednesday in Madrid. Participants will visit Bob Zufall's farm in Waddington. He milks 50 cows, and pastures them on more than 300 acres of land, much of it green with native grasses, like orchard grass and white clover. He sets the cows to pasture inside moveable fences on one acre plots. After every milking he moves the fences. Zufall spoke with David Sommerstein. He says he moved to St. Lawrence County from Pennsylvania in 2001. Grazing Day 2005 begins Wednesday, July 27 at 10:30 at the Madrid Community Center. Call 379-9192 x234 to register.  Go to full article

More Early Spring Chores: Raking and Lawn Care

It was a beautiful weekend for yard work, but too early to start planting the garden. Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy spent the weekend raking their lawns.  Go to full article

Autumn Chores: Winterizing the Lawn

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about giving the lawn that extra boost it needs to make it through the winter months. Cool-season grasses especially need a fall feeding to get ready for next spring.  Go to full article

Time to Finish Those Outdoor Chores

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on feeding the lawn, mowing and mulching leaves and other late autumn garden chores.  Go to full article

A Local Guide to Pasture-Raised Meat

Meat lovers are increasingly looking to pasture-raised beef, lamb, and chicken as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to commercial feed lot meats. The Adirondack North Country Association recently published a directory of local farms that raise cows, sheep, and poultry on pasture, along with a list of local butchers who can prepare the meat for your freezer. David Sommerstein talks with ANCA's grazing technician Martha Pickard, who compiled the directory.

You can get a copy of the directory, or be included if you're a farmer, by calling 518-891-6200.  Go to full article

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