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December Lawn and Garden Checklist

December Landscape
On behalf of everyone here at Nature’s Seed, I’d like to thank all our customers for another great year. I hope everyone was successful with their seeding projects, no matter how big or small. It seemed December snuck up on us pretty quick this year. For many of us, this time of year provides a much needed rest from the toils of the past season. December also brings a rest for our gardens, lawns and pastures as temperatures drop and dormancy sets in. But this doesn’t mean we’re totally off the hook yet; there are still a few things we should do before the depths of winter set in.

Nature’s Seed Introduces New Planting Aid Products

Grass Seedlings
You might have noticed we’ve been busy this month adding new seed blends and products to our website. In an effort to meet the diverse needs of our customers, we’ve also added several new items to our line of planting aids. These new items include the popular Am 120 inoculant, M-Binder tackifier and rice hulls. Since not all our customers might know what these aids can help them achieve, I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look at each item.

The Amazing Benefits of Forage Radish

Forage Radish
Think you know about radishes? Think again. Forget about those little red veggies you grow in your garden; I’m talking about forage radishes. Also known as tillage radish, this souped-up member of the brassica family is not something you’ll find on the dinner table. In fact, forage radish never actually leaves the ground to perform its best work. So what’s making farmers and gardeners everywhere do a double-take when introduced to forage radish? The answer can be found in the roots, or “tillers” of this amazing crop.

All About Cover Crops & Green Manure

cover crop
It’s been my experience that some of the best stewards of the land are our country’s farmers. Contrary to the beliefs of some folks, farmers care deeply about the land they make their living from. They work diligently to perfect their systems and minimize environmental harm, often spending several years in the classroom studying the latest scientific knowledge related to their profession. The newest generation of farmers are especially knowledgeable and willing to adopt new ideas and technology. Take cover crops and green manure for example.

Turf Wars: More Ugly Truth Coming Out About Artificial Turf

Artificial Turf Soccer Field
I’d hate to be in charge of PR for the artificial turf industry right now. As an avid follower of all things turf, I’ve been watching closely as story after story was rolled out during the last few months about the problems caused by fake grass. For years I’ve advocated the use of real turfgrass over artificial turf. I first explored the debate back in 2012 and cited many of the arguments against its use.

The Bee’s Knees: Forage Influence on Honey Flavor and Color

honey jar
In recent years, beekeeping has become quite a popular hobby. Thanks to an increased awareness of the struggles our pollinators are experiencing, along with the added fun and excitement of raising honeybees and producing your own honey, people from all walks of life are suiting up and heading out to the bee yard. Even celebrities are taking up the hobby. Earlier this year, Morgan Freeman made news by discussing how he’d recently started beekeeping. Here at Nature’s Seed, beekeeping fever hit a few of our team members as well, including myself.

Black Gold: What to Look for When Purchasing Topsoil

Topsoil; photo by Eunice at
For most homebuyers, soil quality is probably not very high on the wish list when it comes to selecting a house. You’ll probably never have a realtor use a soil probe during a home showing, or exclaim how the backyard features a swimming pool, deck and beautiful sandy loam with a pH of 7.2. It’s not until you realize your landscape is perpetually wimpy that maybe there’s something wrong with the soil. This problem is all too common, especially nowadays as more and more homes are being built on steep, rocky hillsides devoid of a decent soil layer.

Bison Gaining Popularity in the Pasture & on the Plate

American Bison
They might look like giant walking shag carpets, but they sure do taste good. The American bison, or buffalo as they’re commonly called, is quickly becoming the meat of choice for many Americans. When compared to beef, health-conscious individuals find the lower fat and cholesterol levels appealing, as well as the higher amounts of vitamin B-12 and protein. Bison is commonly marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional red meats while still retaining a delicious, beefy taste.

Riparian Rescue: Wetland Restoration, Creation and Enhancement

Coastal Wetlands
The wetlands are some of the most important ecosystems on earth. Unfortunately the relationship between humans and wetlands has, in the past, been at odds. Before the arrival of the Europeans, wetlands covered approximately 215 million acres of the United States. Today less than half remain. Once considered of little value, the wetlands were drained for development or indirectly degraded by pollution and urban runoff. The fate of these watery environments seemed doomed for destruction.

What You Need to Know About Endophyte Toxicity in Tall Fescue Pastures

Tall Fescue Seed Head
Tall fescue is one of the most versatile, widely-used pasture forages in America. Purdue University estimates that over 35 million acres of tall fescue are grown in the United States. Its tolerance to temperature extremes, poor soil conditions, excessive moisture and drought are well-known. Tall fescue is also high yielding forage, often producing 2-4 tons of dry matter per acre. With all these attributes, it may seem tall fescue would be an excellent choice for a pasture. And it is…except when it isn’t.

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