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Drip, May 2, 2015

By Special to the Sentinel

WATER TIP Turn off your sprinklers on windy days — Don’t water your lawn on windy days as wind tends to blow the water to sidewalks, streets and other areas not needing irrigation. In addition, depending on what type of sprinkler ...

Some ways to get rid of the grasshoppers

By Dennis Hill

We have a huge flush of young grasshoppers in our yard. What can we do to control these guys, while going easy on the ladybugs? — Chip You’re smart to start working on controlling grasshoppers early since they only get harder to ...


It’s Spring! (and that means it’s time to work)

By Erin McIntyre

Every spring, this happens to me. I wait all winter for some tiny smidgen of green, so desperate to garden that I re-grow onions and lettuce from the scraps leftover from salad. Then, BOOM! It’s full-on spring, complete with bugs and ...


Habits that helped in Zero Waste Challenge

By Erin McIntyre

It all started with a plastic bottle and ended with a metal sign that tried to kill us. In honor of Earth Day this week, I’d like to share the finale of the 2015 Zero Waste Challenge. Spoiler alert: We didn’t get to zero. But we ...

Rip out this newspaper page and use it for weeds

By Dennis Hill

I’ve heard about using newspaper and grass clippings to keep the weeds down. What is the proper way for me to do this? I get impossible weeds in my garden, and, as an organic gardener, I won’t use weed killer. — ...

Lessons from Swiss in reduced-waste lifestyle

By Erin McIntyre

Welcome to the last official week of the 2015 Zero Waste Challenge. I call it the last “official” week because we’ll continue some of the habits we’ve learned over the past seven weeks, but I doubt we’ll continue ...

Fixing that roller coaster lawn takes a little work

By Dennis Hill

My old lawn is rough and uneven. Its undulating surface coincides with tree roots, sprinkler lines and poor patch jobs from removed trees. The unevenness creates a tripping hazard within the yard, and, when I mow, it’s more like a roller ...

Coddling moth could ruin fruit; take action soon

By Dennis Hill

My beautiful Bartlett pear tree is in full bloom, and I don’t want to deal with worms in my fruit. When can I begin spraying for coddling moth? — Myra I am so glad you’re anticipating this little monster. Coddling moth is ...

Traps all around me in trash challenge

By Erin McIntyre

I’m embarrassed to admit I fell off the zero-waste challenge wagon last week. See, what it really comes down to is planning and convenience. And I made the mistake of getting caught in a compromising position. It was 3:30 p.m.. I ...


Knowing GMOs

By Erin McIntyre

Whenever planting season comes around, I can predict people asking me two questions every year. The first question is whether I believe that old wives’ tale that we should consider it safe to plant when the “swan’s ...

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