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Weeding Reconsidered

“To the merry man, every weed is a flower; to the afflicted man, every flower is a weed.” – Finnish proverb. 40 years ago, when I first trained as a gardener in the Parks Department of Southampton City Council, weeding was a really important part of my day’s work. Shrub beds were regularly treated with […]

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How green is your grass?- lawn mowing and climate change

Many of us have grown up with the ideal lawn as a bright green, weed-free and low-growing area of grass; in some instances, this is aesthetically or practically appropriate – perhaps in a country house where the lawn shows off the architecture or in a sport where turf quality is important, however from the point […]

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