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Lawn Clippings, Issue #004 -- Moles, Renegade Gardener, April Lawn Tips
April 01, 2011

April 1, 2011

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In This Issue:

  1. The Mole Family

  2. April Lawn Tips

  3. The Renegade Gardener

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Happy Spring! We get a lot of calls about moles in early spring - they are actively tunneling near the surface when the ground thaws. These questions - and re-runs of the TV series 24 - remind me of this classic mole joke...

The Mole Family

A mole family just spent a long winter of tunneling deep underground. One beautiful spring morning, The father mole stuck his head out of the hole and looked around. "Mother Mole!" He called back down the hole. "Come up here! The fresh spring air smells like honey, fresh made honey!" The mother mole ran up and squeezed in next to him. "That's not honey, that's maple syrup! I smell maple syrup!" The baby mole tried to reach his head outside the hole but couldn’t because of the two bigger moles. The baby mole was sulking, “All I can smell down here is molasses..."

What is the best way to control moles? Do sonic mole repellents or vibrating noise makers work? What about other home remedies? Read my answer here and share your mole story

April Lawn Tips

  • The daffodils, dogwoods and forsythia are blooming - it's time to apply your crabgrass preemergence - especially if you had a weed problem last year.

  • Is Corn Gluten Meal an effective natural organic crabgrass preventer? Click to read what I discovered.

  • Here's a link to the Spring Lawn Care Checklist

The Renegade Gardener

Don Engebretson the "Renegade Gardener" is an award winning garden writer and designer from Minneapolis. Don is the self proclaimed "Lone voice of horticultural reason" and after reading his articles - you just might find yourself agreeing with his proclamation.

Don does amazing stonework - click here to see some pictures of his work - he has also co-authored a book for Better Homes and Gardens called STONE LANDSCAPING Ideas and Techniques for Stonework.

The Renegade Gardener was kind enough to sit down an answer a few questions for us. Click to read - Interview with the Renegade Gardener - you'll be entertained while getting his thoughts on:

  • Minnesota Winters
  • Stonework
  • Weed Fabric
  • Organic Pesticides
  • Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizer

~ Remember to keep your mower blades sharp ;)

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