Author Archives: Darrell Roundy

Grass Seed, Turfgrasses

Turfgrass and Turf Blends to Consider Planting

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It’s the first thing you see when you get home after a long day of work. It’s where the kids play outside during the summertime. It’s also the most important thing to the overall curb appeal of a home. (Image Source and Data Source) When it comes to the front lawn, many homeowners thrive for […]

Grass Seed, Meadow Lawn Blend

Can You Use a Meadow Lawn Blend for Your Yard?

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When it comes to lawn care, there are a dozen things that could go wrong, like drought, pests, flooding, excess sunlight—or just plain stubbornness. If this sounds like the experience you have with your own lawn, then you’re not alone: Thousands of Americans struggle with keeping up with their yards, collectively spending over $308 billion […]

Alfalfa

How to Select an Alfalfa Variety

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Also known as the “Queen of Forages,” alfalfa is the fourth-leading crop in the United States. Coming in behind corn, wheat, soybeans, and cotton, alfalfa is extremely popular thanks to its high-yielding capabilities, excellent establishment, and pest-resistance. But this should all be taken with a grain of salt: Not every alfalfa variety can produce at […]

Nitrogen Fixation, Native Legumes

Native Legumes and Nitrogen Fixers to Plant in 2020

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As food demand grows, progress in nitrogen-fixation could not only lead us to more productive plants with higher yields, they can also eventually eliminate chemical fertilizers. This is good news for an already-strained ecosystem that is seeing the effects of the overuse of chemical fertilizers. This includes fertilizer runoff pollution, algal blooms, marine life suffocation, […]

Reclamation, Revegetation, Erosion Control

How to Stop a Ditch From Eroding

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Open drainage ditches are a long-standing, reliable, and natural method of draining and diverting water from low-lying areas or the sides of roads. Ditches can also help to channel water from distant sources towards fields for more innovative plant irrigation. However, there are many cases where ditches are left unmaintained on a piece of property […]

Erosion Control, Straw Wattles

How to Install Straw Wattles

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Soil erosion is often caused by strong winds and heavy rainfall—and although these are natural processes, erosion remains one of the most threatening phenomena to the environment. Soil erosion is the process of displacing the most fertile layer of topsoil. This directly affects habitats, environments, and overall ground health. Today, the condition of growable, arable […]

Erosion Control, Soil Deterioration

What is Soil Deterioration

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Did you know that it can take up to 1,000 years for the earth to produce just three centimeters of soil? For fertile soil to form, the land has to accumulate enough parent material, which is a type of deposit on the earth’s surface. Usually, soil is the result of weathered bedrock and smaller materials […]

Erosion Control

How Do Trees Stop Erosion?

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Soil erosion is present all over the world. You probably notice it in coastal areas along jagged riverbanks, or maybe you notice it along interstates and highways. It is a natural process, but the result of consistent erosion can result in severe environmental changes. Soil erosion washes away $8 billion each year. By wiping out […]

Erosion Control

What is The Difference Between Rill and Gully Erosion?

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Not all erosion looks the same. Something as small as a raindrop can affect soil adversely: splash erosion, for example, can scatter tiny soil particles as far as 2 feet from their original location. Meanwhile, in deserts, wind erosion can polish rocks and cliffs until they’re smooth. Arches National Park in Utah is just one […]

Erosion Control

How to Place Rocks On A Slope To Stop Erosion

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When we lose 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil every year due to erosion, we also lose the opportunity for soils to feature as a prominent climate change solution. Soils store more than 4,000 billion tonnes of carbon, which means it’s a viable solution for reducing global carbon woes. Zoom in from this global picture […]

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