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Why You Should Consider a Blended Lawn Over a Single Species Lawn

Looking out at your beat up old lawn, you decide to renew it. While you have a pretty good idea what steps you need to follow to do the job, you have no idea what is the best grass to use. You run down to the big box store and take a look. There are lots of fancy additions that are supposed to make the grass grow quicker or better, but there is not a lot to tell you how the grass will do once it gets established. The labels don’t tell you much other than what grass it is.

Globemallow Wildflowers: Tough as Nails & Pretty Too

The word of the day is grenadine. To many this means the sweet syrup added to their favorite mixed drink; to others it’s a word that seems exotic, conjuring images of something striking and maybe even a little dangerous. To me grenadine means globemallow and nothing less. Globemallow is the common name for Sphaeralcea, a genus that contains about 50 plants in the Americas. Most of those are in North America and the majority of them have a special colored flower in the orange to red range.

The Many Faces of Small (Salad) Burnet

Whenever I do a plant blog I like to check a couple of the top listed blogs to get a feel of what has been repeated again and again and what has been left out. When I did this with salad burnet I found that much of the growing information was contradictory from one source to another. Now this always happens to some extent, but I have never seen it cover so much ground in so many areas. Whether it is size, water preferences, or soil pH there is a different blog that will tell you what you want to hear.

What's Up With Hybrids?

There is a lot of talk about hybrids and whether they are good or bad and whether they are related to GMOs or not. Even asking the question shows some lack of understanding of what is going on with the plants and how they are bred. Today I want to talk about it and try to clear up some of the confusion that has gathered around the term and the practice of plant hybridization.

Babying Your Bluegrass

I know many people want a good bluegrass lawn, but also know that most people do not want lawn care to dominate their life. Fortunately, good lawn care also means getting the lawn to do some of the work for you. A while ago I covered watering, today I figured I better talk about the rest!

Classy Clover: The Best Addition to Your Lawn

White clover is one of the unsung heroes of the modern home landscape. While its virtues remained largely ignored for many decades, we are now talking about it again.

Not Too Little, Not Too Much: Bluegrass Watering Basics

It’s that time of year again. You know, when we all get out and try to create the neighborhood’s best Kentucky bluegrass lawn. Ok, I am not very interested in it myself, but more about that in a later blog. Today is about you and your lawn! The first thing we need to cover is watering. Water issues create more problems for lawns than just about anything else.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Alex Grover

David Bowie had it right when he sang about changes in the world, but they don’t need to be the scary ones he was thinking about. In fact, the changes we are seeing at Nature’s Seed are exhilarating and people are moved to improve the world around them. There is a price that comes with the changes, though. One of those changes is that our longtime blogger, Skylar Christensen, will no longer be a regular. No, he will not be gone, and yes, he still has important things to write about. It is just that he doesn’t have the time to write every week.

Should I Cut Back My Perennials Or Leave Them Uncut for the Winter?

Coneflower in Winter

Even though this week marks the official start of winter, many areas of the country have been knee-deep in the white stuff for weeks now. For folks in these areas, there’s probably not much you can do about your garden beds now. But if you live in an area where the snow has yet to fall, there’s still time to ask the question: Should I cut back my perennials or leave them uncut for the winter? The default answer to this question has traditionally been yes, cut them back for the winter and remove all the dead plant matter.

Frequently Asked Questions About GMOs and Our Seed

It seems no other topic in agriculture is as hotly debated as the subject of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. On one side, GM crops are viewed as harmful, unpredictable, and threating. On the other they’re regarded as innovative, beneficial, and the future of agriculture. This article is not meant to promote or discuss either side of the issue, but to simply answer some commonly asked questions by our customers regarding this subject.

Q: Are you part of the Monsanto Company? Where do your seeds come from?

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