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Aug 19 2015

Groups striving to enlist 1 million to protect our precious pollinators

  "We gardeners should love bugs. After all, bugs, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds, wasps and other pollinators love our gardens, acting as matchmakers for many plants. That’s the message of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, billed on its website as “a campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators.” It’s put on by the National Pollinator Garden Network.
Aug 7 2015

Patch of prairie outperforms lawn

"Turf grass blankets 40 million acres in the United States. That’s an area three times larger than our largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska. It takes 8 billion gallons of water to irrigate all that grass — daily. That much water would fill more than 12,000 Olympic-sized pools. More than 30 million tons a year of fertilizer keep the emerald carpets lush. Mountains of pesticides ensure that pesky bugs or unwanted weeds don’t despoil the lawns.
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