Why I Hate Tall Fescue

Note: This article was written for the Bay Journal News Service which was published on May 27, 2014.  It was titled, “Please, Step on This Grass”.  Click here for a pdf copy. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I was in the Farm Coop store the other day in line to buy some garden seeds. The farmer in front of […]

Quackgrass: Far Better Than Tall Fescue or Orchardgrass

Several days ago we had “just one more” chore:  letting the cows into the hay lot behind Wesley’s house so they could eat the grass down.   There is no fence between the hay lot and hay field so we put up some fake electric fence and parked the truck on the outside of it […]

Tree Shelters, Are They Worth It And If So When Should They Be Removed?

When converting grasslands to forest it has been a common practice to plant bare-root, hardwood tree seedlings directly into the sod.  Most recently tree shelters have been used to increase the growth rate and survival of hardwood (not pine) tree seedlings.  Shelters are recommended in Virginia’s Hardwood Tree Planting Guide. Many wonder, “are they worth it?” […]