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By Kaana Smith and Kaana Smith,SUN STAFF | June 12, 1996
An afternoon trip to a gardening center turned into a month-long nightmare after Cindy Pack's 4-month-old baby inhaled topsoil dust and contracted a rare case of infantile botulism."
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October 25, 2011
Bulldozers and soil conservation may not seem like they go together, but those in the know have seen through a stereotype in naming Dave Davis, owner of C.D. Davis Excavating, in Pylesville, Conservationist of the Year. The honor was bestowed upon Mr. Davis by the Harford County Soil Conservation District, a hybrid government agency responsible for protecting a natural resource more vital than fossil fuel. Without good soil, there are no productive farms. And without agriculture, we learn in grade school, there is not civilization.
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By Jamie Smith and Jamie Smith,SUN STAFF | July 8, 1997
Federal Hill Park, a Union outpost during the Civil War, is now the site of another battle -- this time between man and nature. So far, nature has the upper hand.In 1995, $1.4 million was spent stabilizing Federal Hill, part of a face-lift of the landmark. A year later, engineers were back at work in the park, trying to figure out why a 90-foot fissure had opened on the slope overlooking the Inner Harbor.The Department of Recreation and Parks originally blamed water for the erosion. But a more recent problem -- a gaping hole in the dirt under one of the pathways that circle the hill -- has led officials to conclude that poor soil conditions are to blame.
FEATURES
By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI and JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 28, 2006
My huge silver maple has two large holes that collect water when it rains. I guess the holes are where branches were cut off but the tree did not heal correctly. In a wind, this tree always drops more branches than my other silver maple. Is this a problem? Should I fill the holes with cement? Silver maples have relatively weak wood and tend to drop branches. Your guess about the cause of the holes is probably correct. Don't fill the holes with cement because moisture will still get behind it. To assess whether your tree is a hazard and may fall, have a certified arborist look at it. (There's no charge to just look.
NEWS
March 19, 2000
Q. Is it too early to plant grass seed? I have a few bare areas from last year's drought. A. Late February through the end of March is the second-best time to plant grass; the best time is late August through October. Early spring seeding will help give your new grass a head start on weeds. Remove leaves and other debris and rake the soil smooth. Spread tall fescue seed evenly at a rate of 3-4 pounds per 1,000 square feet, and then gently rake and walk on the area to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.
FEATURES
By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI and JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 28, 2006
My huge silver maple has two large holes that collect water when it rains. I guess the holes are where branches were cut off but the tree did not heal correctly. In a wind, this tree always drops more branches than my other silver maple. Is this a problem? Should I fill the holes with cement? Silver maples have relatively weak wood and tend to drop branches. Your guess about the cause of the holes is probably correct. Don't fill the holes with cement because moisture will still get behind it. To assess whether your tree is a hazard and may fall, have a certified arborist look at it. (There's no charge to just look.
NEWS
By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 29, 2001
Q. I had problems growing grass under a large maple tree, so I added topsoil and planted impatiens. Now the flowers are doing poorly. Do you know what is wrong? A. The grass was growing poorly because there was too much shade, and therefore choosing to plant impatiens, a shade-loving plant, was a good idea. However, there are several problems with planting annuals under trees. First, it is generally not a good idea to add topsoil on top of a tree's roots. The topsoil can smother trees and could also promote disease around the base of the trunk.
FEATURES
February 8, 1998
I've been letting my ornamental grasses die back naturally. I haven't cut them in several years. They're now overgrowing their space. When should I cut them back?Cut all the dead grass back when you begin to see new green shoots coming out from the crown in early spring. Then divide your clumps if they are too thick for the area.We have terrible soil around our house. My husband thinks we need to buy and add topsoil before anything will grow. I have a mail-order catalog that sells products like humates and humic acid that are supposed to somehow improve soil.
EXPLORE
October 25, 2011
Bulldozers and soil conservation may not seem like they go together, but those in the know have seen through a stereotype in naming Dave Davis, owner of C.D. Davis Excavating, in Pylesville, Conservationist of the Year. The honor was bestowed upon Mr. Davis by the Harford County Soil Conservation District, a hybrid government agency responsible for protecting a natural resource more vital than fossil fuel. Without good soil, there are no productive farms. And without agriculture, we learn in grade school, there is not civilization.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1995
Alfred S. Bassler is used to waiting. Now he's got state environmental officials waiting with him.Mr. Bassler has waited years for his billions of microbes to turn the stumps and branches on 30 acres on Sheppard Lane in Clarksville into valuable composted topsoil. He's waited even longer, he says, for state environmental officials to stop telling him do things their way: chip the wood, put it into piles and turn the piles over periodically. Anything else is just a stump dump.After dogging Mr. Bassler for seven years about his unlicensed stump dump, the state Department of the Environment has agreed to let him demonstrate, legally, his method of recycling wood waste.
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By DAN RODRICKS | December 7, 2003
I HATE to bring this up, with all the pretty snow covering the landscape and everything looking like "a picture print by Currier and Ives," but here goes: There is apparently so much dog waste in Robert E. Lee Park that the city is going to close down a big part of it and remove the topsoil. A section of the park has been deemed a potential health hazard. Good morning, Baltimore! I'm sure the 1.5 kazillion dog owners who like to let their pooches run all over this lovely, but unfortunately named park at the Baltimore City-Baltimore County border will be thrilled to learn that fixing this mess could take a year and a half.
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By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 29, 2001
Q. I had problems growing grass under a large maple tree, so I added topsoil and planted impatiens. Now the flowers are doing poorly. Do you know what is wrong? A. The grass was growing poorly because there was too much shade, and therefore choosing to plant impatiens, a shade-loving plant, was a good idea. However, there are several problems with planting annuals under trees. First, it is generally not a good idea to add topsoil on top of a tree's roots. The topsoil can smother trees and could also promote disease around the base of the trunk.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Architecture Critic | March 26, 2000
Like an old building with a sagging foundation, Baltimore's Federal Hill had structural problems that left it in danger of collapsing. So for the past nine months, contractors have been rebuilding portions of it to improve drainage and make it more sound. The $1.9 million preservation project was launched to address erosion problems dating from 1995, when a 90-foot fissure became visible on the north side of the hill. It's the third time in the past decade that the city has taken steps to stabilize the slope.
NEWS
March 19, 2000
Q. Is it too early to plant grass seed? I have a few bare areas from last year's drought. A. Late February through the end of March is the second-best time to plant grass; the best time is late August through October. Early spring seeding will help give your new grass a head start on weeds. Remove leaves and other debris and rake the soil smooth. Spread tall fescue seed evenly at a rate of 3-4 pounds per 1,000 square feet, and then gently rake and walk on the area to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.
NEWS
By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 28, 1999
LAST WEEK, students and staff at Clemens Crossing Elementary School celebrated Earth Day with an elaborate event.Representatives from a variety of organizations set up 47 learning stations with experiments and displays on the school grounds. Each station included an ecological activity, a team-building exercise, an art activity or demonstrations relating to Earth Day.The event was planned by Clemens Crossing media assistant Gloria Konick."These children will be the keepers of the Earth," Konick said.
FEATURES
February 8, 1998
I've been letting my ornamental grasses die back naturally. I haven't cut them in several years. They're now overgrowing their space. When should I cut them back?Cut all the dead grass back when you begin to see new green shoots coming out from the crown in early spring. Then divide your clumps if they are too thick for the area.We have terrible soil around our house. My husband thinks we need to buy and add topsoil before anything will grow. I have a mail-order catalog that sells products like humates and humic acid that are supposed to somehow improve soil.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Architecture Critic | March 26, 2000
Like an old building with a sagging foundation, Baltimore's Federal Hill had structural problems that left it in danger of collapsing. So for the past nine months, contractors have been rebuilding portions of it to improve drainage and make it more sound. The $1.9 million preservation project was launched to address erosion problems dating from 1995, when a 90-foot fissure became visible on the north side of the hill. It's the third time in the past decade that the city has taken steps to stabilize the slope.
NEWS
By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 28, 1999
LAST WEEK, students and staff at Clemens Crossing Elementary School celebrated Earth Day with an elaborate event.Representatives from a variety of organizations set up 47 learning stations with experiments and displays on the school grounds. Each station included an ecological activity, a team-building exercise, an art activity or demonstrations relating to Earth Day.The event was planned by Clemens Crossing media assistant Gloria Konick."These children will be the keepers of the Earth," Konick said.
NEWS
January 9, 1998
DRIVE UP the gravel road off Sheppard Lane, a mile north of Columbia's bustling new River Hill village, where $350,000 homes are the norm, pass a narrow stream and you can watch reincarnation -- if you have eight years to kill.Here, at the Forest Recycling Project, trees from Howard County and elsewhere come to die after woodlands are cleared for development. Stumps and limbs rot away in mounds and mountains on one-tenth of a 430-acre farm owned by Alfred S. Bassler.It is a business the housing boom here built.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith and Jamie Smith,SUN STAFF | July 8, 1997
Federal Hill Park, a Union outpost during the Civil War, is now the site of another battle -- this time between man and nature. So far, nature has the upper hand.In 1995, $1.4 million was spent stabilizing Federal Hill, part of a face-lift of the landmark. A year later, engineers were back at work in the park, trying to figure out why a 90-foot fissure had opened on the slope overlooking the Inner Harbor.The Department of Recreation and Parks originally blamed water for the erosion. But a more recent problem -- a gaping hole in the dirt under one of the pathways that circle the hill -- has led officials to conclude that poor soil conditions are to blame.
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