Tag: soil temperature

Soil temperatures are the factor that drives germination, blooming, composting, and a variety of other processes. Learning how to check soil temperature will help the home gardener know when to start sowing seeds. Knowledge of what is soil temperature also helps define when to transplant and how to begin a compost bin.

Managing for Drought

Managing for Drought

The mania for a green lawn, or in some cases green anything, across many regions of the US has been quelled by recent droughts (thankfully now abating). Even long before water meters were spinning at record rates for golf resorts, private homes, and corporate campuses, scientists have been devising technologies

Renewable Energy for Onsite Power Generation

Renewable Energy for Onsite Power Generation

Although every situation is unique, and it’s difficult to generalize, Barry Worthington, executive director of the US Energy Association (USEA) in Washington, DC, says progress in renewable energy over the last 10 years has been phenomenal as systems become more efficient. Nevertheless, use of renewable energy for onsite power generation

Optimizing Irrigation

Optimizing Irrigation

Commercial growers, property managers, and landscapers can attest to how sophisticated and beneficial irrigation monitoring has become in terms of optimizing water consumption and plant growth, and maximizing operational profitability. Two examples from California—where much of the nation’s food supply is produced but where water availability remains a critical public

Optimizing Irrigation

Optimizing Irrigation

Commercial growers, property managers, and landscapers can attest to how sophisticated and beneficial irrigation monitoring has become in terms of optimizing water consumption and plant growth, and maximizing operational profitability. Two examples from California—where much of the nation’s food supply is produced but where water availability remains a critical public

Countdown to the Ultimate Drought-Tolerant Grass

Countdown to the Ultimate Drought-Tolerant Grass

The secret to a great grass is when and what to plant! Plant now or for the next several weeks for warm climates. Or in a month in cooler climates. You can dramatically improve your lawn after the most intense two years of weather droughts and floods in recorded history

Revegetation Innovation

Revegetation Innovation

State Route 330 is a vital link for commerce, commuters, and tourists to and from the southern California mountain community. Three sections of the route were severely damaged by a storm late December 2010, and storm drains that were built in the 1940s failed. The result was slope failure and

Versatility in Control

Versatility in Control

When it comes to choosing between biodegradable and synthetic blankets and mats, the project goals dictate the choice. Turf reinforcement mats (TRMs), which often contain synthetic components, are often selected for applications that call for an approach that is heavier, longer-lasting, and more sustainable in harsh conditions or high-water velocities.

Moving Up…to the Top of the Landfill

California is typically at the forefront of innovative planning and regulatory strategies for environmental protection in the US. Two years ago, a research project was initiated by the California Energy Commission to develop an improved method for landfill methane emissions for the state greenhouse gas inventory. This article briefly describes

The Need for Seed

Because their root systems infiltrate the soil and bind it together, plants are an integral weapon in the war against erosion. However, as installing mature plant material is usually cost-prohibitive, most contractors plant seed on their sites. At least, that’s the intention. A stiff wind, a downpour, or hungry birds

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