Comments on: Connecticut-Sized Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/31/connecticut-sized-dead-zone-found-in-gulf-of-mexico/ News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:34:10 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 By: BrianCherry http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/31/connecticut-sized-dead-zone-found-in-gulf-of-mexico/#comment-1777 BrianCherry Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:12:56 +0000 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6427#comment-1777 One approach to reducing the amount of damaging chemicals applied to lawns is to provide an alternative.  The alternative approach that I have used for lawn care is much less damaging to the environment than using chemicals.  Instead of applying fertilizer and weed killer I pull the weeds by hand each spring and have frequently used a fertilizer spreader, not to apply fertilizer, but to overseed the lawn at the end of the summer when there is little competition from weed seeds.  In such instances, I have overseeded the lawn with Kentucky Bluegrass.  This approach has worked well, and since the grass takes root in the fall, the stronger lawn in the spring provides less opportunity for the encroachment of weeds.  I also use a Toro brand front wheel drive mulching lawn mower to return the organic matter, such as grass clippings, to the soil for improved nutrition.  By using this alternative approach I have not needed to use fertilizer and have not used fertilizer in years, and the lawn still looks great. One approach to reducing the amount of damaging chemicals applied to lawns is to provide an alternative.  The alternative approach that I have used for lawn care is much less damaging to the environment than using chemicals.  Instead of applying fertilizer and weed killer I pull the weeds by hand each spring and have frequently used a fertilizer spreader, not to apply fertilizer, but to overseed the lawn at the end of the summer when there is little competition from weed seeds.  In such instances, I have overseeded the lawn with Kentucky Bluegrass.  This approach has worked well, and since the grass takes root in the fall, the stronger lawn in the spring provides less opportunity for the encroachment of weeds.  I also use a Toro brand front wheel drive mulching lawn mower to return the organic matter, such as grass clippings, to the soil for improved nutrition.  By using this alternative approach I have not needed to use fertilizer and have not used fertilizer in years, and the lawn still looks great.

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