May 30, 2012 |
You don't have to be a student of military conflict to know that America's high opinion of our troops, which soared during the World Wars and the Korean conflict, plunged during the Vietnam era. Returning soldiers were held accountable for the president's decisions. Some have never recovered from feeling the contempt of their countrymen for being in the wrong war, under the wrong leader. Things couldn't be more different today. Regardless of where individuals stand in their opinion of the conflicts in the Middle East, there's a national sense that the men and women fighting there are not to be blamed for it, but honored for having signed up. To get a sense of how everyday Americans stand behind our men and women in uniform, scroll through a website like troopssupport.com . It's a directory of organizations that provide everything from free lawn care and baby showers for veterans and their families to job training and new homes for soldiers wounded in action.
March 9, 2012 |
Begin pruning rosebushes. Start by removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches, then look for crisscrossing branches that can rub together and cause long-term damage. If your roses tend to get too big each year, trim them down to 18 to 24 inches, removing the oldest canes and leaving newer ones. If you're a passionate rose grower, think about joining the American Rose Society, which will keep you up to date on rose introductions and care tips. Information at www.ars.org/ Continue pulling invasive plants.
September 7, 2010 |
Question: I've put my foot down and told my husband our discussion about housework is over and he needs to increase his share of the work, or else. We each estimated the number of hours we put toward housework and kids. I do almost 60 percent of the work. I excluded things on his side that I don't really call work, because I know he enjoys the solitude (lawn care, weeding, finances, cooking, etc.). He doesn't think that's right, but I don't think these tasks compare to vacuuming, doing dishes every night, and cleaning bathrooms.
January 21, 2010 |
The buzz might never rival a gasoline-powered mower, but there's growing noise out there about reenvisioning a cherished American tradition: the turfgrass lawn. For years, environmentalists have bad-mouthed the water-hogging, wildlife-repelling, gas-guzzling and polluting features of what the Lawn Institute, an industry group, calls "the earth's living skin. " Now, as lawn lovers prepare for spring planting, alternative ideas are gaining traction. One would replace that "living skin" with "freedom lawn," a wild quilt of grass and whatever else grows in. Others suggest having less lawn, or a different kind.
May 31, 2008 |
I THOUGHT I WAS over my grass addiction. But this week, I learned that what they say is true. Each time you relapse, the habit gets worse. On Wednesday night at 9 o'clock, I found myself watering my grass by moonlight. Being a grass fiend, I didn't want to stop at watering. I wanted more. The thing is, there wasn't much more to do. My grass already looks great. And even if it didn't, I couldn't see well enough to do anything about it, because it was dark out. So why would a man whose lawn is perfect return to a destructive grass addiction?
September 14, 2007 |
At least four times a year, September and October being the very best time of all, Mike Patterson puts a popular chemical fertilizer on his front lawn in North Wales. But the backyard is strictly au naturel - "I have a dog," he explains - and his flowers get organic compost and mulch. What gives? "I'll be honest with you," says Patterson, principal of Queen of Peace school in Ardsley, who describes himself as "obsessive" about his lawn. "I've read all about organic stuff, but I don't know . . . I'm not sure it works as good as the chemicals.
September 14, 2007 |
At least four times a year, September and October being the very best time of all, Mike Patterson puts a popular chemical fertilizer on his front lawn in North Wales. But the backyard is strictlyau naturel - "I have a dog," he explains - and his flowers get organic compost and mulch. What gives? "I'll be honest with you," says Patterson, principal of Queen of Peace school in Ardsley, who describes himself as "obsessive" about his lawn. "I've read all about organic stuff, but I don't know . . . I'm not sure it works as good as the chemicals.
August 24, 2006 |
As a child, I watched with awe as my father toiled over our lawn, only to have it turn to straw overnight while a crop of healthy Kentucky bluegrass grew through the asphalt in our street. To avoid my father's annual, late-August depression, I follow this Lazy Man's Guide to Lawn Care: The Lawn: A good lawn can make you the envy of the neighborhood. In my experience, the best way to handle your lawn care is to pay a professional service to come by three or four times a year and treat the grass with a variety of scientifically balanced chemicals.
July 17, 2006 |
Mowing a steep, weedy slope isn't easy. Unless, that is, you have four legs, a knack for climbing, and a voracious - and indiscriminate - appetite. The 16 goats that have been keeping the hilly grounds neatly trimmed at a 21-acre Burlington County wastewater treatment plant are saving the company more than $3,000 a month and showing up the two-legged workers who used to have the chore. "They do a better job than a mower would ever do," said Jim Huntington, chief inspector for Applied Water Management Inc., which runs the plant in growing Mansfield Township.
July 11, 2006 |
Plenty of adults can spin endless tales of enthusiastic youthful rebellion involving blatant forms of adolescent acting out. By comparison to my contemporaries, I was a bit of a straight arrow when it came to rebellion. I just never felt the need to scream "You're not the boss of me!" to my parents in any of the traditional ways. Instead, in fomenting my own little revolution and fighting the powers that loomed over me, I took a firm stand against - mowing the lawn. OK, so it wasn't as much of a refusal as it was consistently begrudging acquiescence.