May 8, 2016 |
Sure, you sometimes want it dead: an end to continual mowing, weeding, watering. But the responsible part of you - the part your neighbors appreciate - says you want your lawn lush and green. To get it that way and keep it that way, you can do the work yourself, as most homeowners do, or seek the help of professionals. Even if you hire help, you'll need to prepare to choose the right company and level of service. Nonprofit consumer group Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook has surveyed its members and Consumer Reports subscribers.
August 21, 1988 |
A RESIDENT of the Philadelphia Protestant Home for the Aged on Tabor Road lets loose with a hose to give the shrubs and flowers a good watering. It was a nice change of pace for the woman, who said she had been hauling the water by hand since Memorial Day because the hose had been out of order.
September 8, 2007 |
"MR. JONES," the detective said pleasantly. "Thanks for coming in voluntarily to tell us what you did. " "Thanks for letting me get it off my chest," I said as his partner stared at me across his battered metal desk. "It's been killing me ever since it happened. " There was an uncomfortable silence. Maybe "killing" wasn't the word I should've used. "So, anyway," the detective said, "I'm going to read you your rights. " "Rights? I thought I was just gonna confess and be on my way. You didn't say anything about reading my rights.
July 24, 1988 |
In this year of national drought, when you look back on a spring of turf building and lime spreading and look out on a lawn the color of a collie with mange, think of David E. Benner. Benner's lawn in Solebury, Bucks County, is green. But he never set out a lawn sprinkler. He doesn't own a rotary spreader. And he threw away his rusted, unused lawn mower 12 years ago. Benner's lawn is moss. "Everybody's brainwashed into having a grass lawn . . . and it's ridiculous," says Benner, 59, a professor of horticulture at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.
May 27, 1990 |
A slow-moving death squad is marching beneath the lush - and the not-so- lush - lawns of many Main Line homes, although it will be late August before the casualty count begins. The invasion began in March, when Japanese beetles in the larval stage came out of hibernation, ravenous after a long winter's nap. Their dietary staples are tender turf roots and the roots of young trees and shrubs. "Don't be fooled by the fact that your lawn looks nice and green now, because we have had a lot of regular rain," said Richie Valentine, retired greenskeeper for the Merion Golf Club.
March 23, 1989 |
Consider the myriad lawn problems of Matthew W. Strader. People expect his lawn to be a vivid green, even when the summer sun has turned every other lawn a dull brown. They expect his lawn to be free of stones, ruts and bald spots - even after they've tromped across it in their spikes, sped over it in their little carts and sliced chunks out of it with their clubs. Strader is the golf-course superintendent at Melrose Country Club, which encompasses 130 acres of rolling, tree-studded turf straddling the Tacony Creek in Melrose Park, Montgomery County.
August 18, 1999 |
For the first time in a decade and a half, I have the finest looking yard in the neighborhood. At last, my lawn stands out as the best among best. It has no peer. I've seen neighbors furtively cast jealous gazes at my wilting brown expanse and become instantly annoyed that their lawn isn't as dormant. These neighbors are former members of the "Green Club" - the clique which, in a bygone era, lived and died by the lushness of their chemically muscled grass. Nothing was too good, no step too tough, no dollar too frugal not to be spent on manicuring the natural carpet surrounding their home.
June 25, 1989 |
Sheep rustlers are back again. Ornamental lawn sheep rustlers, that is. They hit the area last week, rounding up six in Upper Gwynedd Township and three in Towamencin Township. Those fuzzy creatures with wooden legs planted in manicured turf have cropped up on suburban lawns in the last two years and along with them have come the rustlers, mostly youths playing pranks, police said. "The last time sheep were rustled in the area they turned up in a herd on the Lansdale Borough Hall lawn," said an Upper Gwynedd police dispatcher.
June 4, 1989 |
William Morton is worried about the little stream that runs through his front yard. Most of the farmland surrounding Morton's four-acre homesite on East Copeland Road in East Bradford will be developed soon, adding at least 120 homes to the area. "I just started thinking, they're building beautiful houses, people are going to want beautiful lawns to go with them," said Morton. "Now, what if everybody decides to use something on their grass, pesticides, chemicals. Whatever they use, it's going to end up down here in this stream, and from here it goes right into the Brandywine and people's drinking water.
September 8, 1986 |
It is clear to me now why the Soviet Union clings to its burdensome, ill- gotten empire in Eastern Europe - as well as its latest territory, Afghanistan. What is also coming into sharp focus is the Reagan Administration's preoccupation with "freedom" in Nicaragua, Grenada and farther-flung places, such as Angola. You see, the other day while I was mowing the lawn, which is really an underdeveloped weedy parcel within a four-acre hay field, I noticed that the "civilized" plot was progressively expanding.