Old Wiskey Barrels are great for rainwater collection. There is nothing better for the environment or your plants than to recycle rain! You can pick up one of these Wiskey barrels for less than a $100.00 and plumb it into your downspouts for almost nothing besides the couple hours it will take you to install it. Then watch your water $$$$ drop away and watch your plants LOVE you for it.
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Interesting post from Michigan State University Extension- "I read in a newspaper article that I should mix some baby shampoo, ammonia, beer, and some corn syrup in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer. Really? What are these ingredients all about and how could they possibly work on a lawn? Baby shampoo could serve as a type of surfactant that could reduce water repellency in the soil – if that’s a problem for your soil. Ammonia is a source of nitrogen. Beer and corn syrup has some sort of natural organic fertilizer or biostimulant. For the beer, I’d buy the cheap stuff – not the microbrews. The final comment about mixing in a 20 gallon hose end sprayer? How many of you have a 20 gallon hose end sprayer, and how many of you could hold a 20 gallon hose end sprayer? OK, go to your favorite store and ask them where the 20 gallon hose end sprayers are, really!" - Michigan State University Extension
$175.3 billion. That's serious cash money.
That was the estimated total economic contribution (revenue) for the U.S. Green Industry in 2007. Landscaping services contributed $86.6 billion. That was the largest of the 17 industry categories in the report.
— The Green Industry employed almost two million full- and part-time workers in '07 with approximately half employed in landscaping services.
— Labor earnings in the Industry exceeded $53 billion with landscaping services again the largest segment handing out $28 in paychecks.
— California led the nation in Industry output contributions at about $25 billion. It was followed by Florida at $15 billion, Illinois 8.2 billion and Ohio approximately $7 billion.
— The Green Industry represented 0.76% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2007.
The Southern Cooperative Series shared these number, along with other eye-opening statistics, in its digital publication, "Economic Contributions of the Green Industry in the United States, 2007." The report became available May 12.
Preventative Grub Control applications should be applied around late May-late June in Kansas. There are two major species of White Grubs in Kansas. The first and most important is the Southern Masked Chafer (See picture). The second is the May Beetle, also known as the June Beetle. Southern Masked Chafer usually do more damage than the May Beetle due to greater #'s produced. All Lawns should be treated with Merit (Imidacloprid). Merit works by interfering with the transmission of nerve impulses in insects and has a low toxicity rating for humans. Most of these products can be purchased impregnated onto fertilizer, thus providing your summer fertilizer in the same application.