June 1, 1988 |
Pop psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, "The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment. Flowers really aren't better, just different. " Sioux Baldwin thinks that weeds are every bit as good as flowers. As a matter of fact, she doesn't even call them weeds. Thy're all plants to her. Baldwin is a naturalist at the Andorra Natural Area in the far northwestern tip of Fairmount Park. The Andorra Natural Area is one of the many natural treasures of the park where you can go on bird walks, insect walks, explore the Wissahickon Creek, or help dig a pond fpr frogs.
December 4, 2009 |
The overgrown meadow at Bartram's Garden has been a nettlesome project. What to do about all those weeds? A controlled burn is the preferred way to manage it, but Bartram's is in a dense, urban neighborhood and burning is illegal in Philadelphia. Chemical treatments are an option, but the stewards of this historic site on the Schuylkill's west bank felt herbicides should be a last resort. And so the jokes, then serious talk, turned to goats, nature's weed-eaters, for whom a 15-acre field knotted with Canada thistle, mugwort, and vetch isn't a problem at all. It's a smorgasbord, one that's increasingly being offered to goats around the country as a natural way of ridding parks, hillsides, vacant lots, and pastures of overgrown brush and tenacious weeds.
May 31, 1986
Once again the warm weather has arrived. Grass, weeds, trees are growing fast. Once again the center plots on certain streets are almost two feet tall and will grow taller and taller before the city gets around to cutting them. This will be about August or September. When the grass is cut, it will be just left to lie in the gutters as usual. Castor Avenue above Cottman is a disgrace. The center strip has weeds growing in all the cracks and the gutters are filled with dirt and cigarette butts.
December 29, 1991 |
Officials in Oaklyn, who say they have complained for months about the way Conrail has maintained the property around its tracks in the borough, will meet with representatives of the freight railroad company next month in an attempt to devise a maintenance agreement. Until the summer of 1990, Oaklyn employees trimmed the weeds and grass along the railroad tracks where they passed through Oaklyn. The borough would then bill Conrail for the work. Last year, the bill amounted to $1,800, according to an Oaklyn official.
June 25, 1989 |
After winning a skirmish against junk vehicles, East Fallowfield supervisors are continuing efforts to clean up the township by targeting weeds. "We're getting rid of the wrecked cars, and now we're going to go after the guy who doesn't mow his lawn," said Supervisor Ronald Scott. His comment came after Douglas Lambert, a property owner in the township for 40 years, was ordered to clean up his Route 82 property by District Justice Eugene DiFilippo of Kennett Square. For months, the township has been citing Lambert for his junk vehicles.
August 27, 1999 |
Taking pride of place in my garden is a monumental candelabrum of a plant with handsome red branches, tipped with arching clusters of greenish buds. I've been cosseting it all summer, waiting for it to burst into fabulous bloom. I haven't been sure what those blooms would look like, though, because, not recognizing the plant, I just assumed it was one of the new perennials whose labels got lost in the hubbub of gardening. Now I know. They'll be tiny, ugly and hairy. And they'll produce - or have been producing all summer - about 150,000 seeds that can sleep in my dirt for up to 40 years without losing their capacity to reproduce.
February 3, 2012 |
Hand weeding is one of the most demanding chores in gardening, but it doesn't have to be that way. Mulching, spraying, plant crowding, and inexpensive stand-up tools can ease much of the back-straining work. And the time to plan for it is now, before you use any of that homemade compost or build your budget for planting supplies. "Weed control is personal," said Barb Pierson, nursery manager for White Flower Farm, a mail-order nursery in Litchfield, Conn. "To me, there are two types of weeds.
February 4, 1990 |
The waist-high weeds at the bankrupt Victoria Place development may continue to grow - at least for the time being. At a hearing Wednesday in District Court, Warwick Township tried to force developer John S. Seal Jr. to pay to have the weeds mowed. But District Justice Robert A. Schnell ruled that Seal could not be held personally responsible for the obligations of the bankrupt development company, Sovereign Estates Ltd. Schnell, however, told him at one point: "Whether it's in bankruptcy or not, there should be something done to get that horrible situation cleaned up. It's really an eyesore.
April 25, 1988 |
One might say that Temple's Ralph Jarvis came out of nowhere to surface yesterday as the Chicago Bears' third-round selection (No. 78 overall) in the NFL draft. Kind of like weeds come out of nowhere. What do weeds have to do with football? Everything - at least in relation to Ralph Jarvis, a 6-6, 250-pound defensive end. It is August 1982 and Jarvis, who attended Germantown High as a freshman and sophomore but never played sports, is newly arrived on the campus of Glen Mills, a boarding school in Delaware County for court-adjudicated youths.
August 1, 1991 |
Weeds rise everywhere around the maroon-and-white sign. Soon they will obscure its message: "A Landmark Country Club Community on an Arnold Palmer Designed Golf Course. " Just beyond is a partially finished bridge, a grand entranceway to a grand development. In the distance, cement storm drains mark what would have been asphalt streets, but the landscape they dot is one of orange plastic-mesh construction fences, discarded building materials and weeds. Three structures - two single-family homes and a townhouse unit - sit empty, the few remaining landmarks of a once-august dream.