Monthly Archives: May 2013

Grass Burning

Giant miscanthus would not burn without cutting and massing the bamboo-like stems together on May 23, 2013. Shown here is the cut mound being burned. This large (10 feet tall before cutting) grass is surrounded by mowed cool season grasses, … Continue reading

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Ants in Solling fescue

Opening this grass plant found a massive ant colony.

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Solling fescue killed by ants

These two photos show a Solling fescue plant. A seedling or small plant is on the right. The second photo shows the dead clump opened to see a huge ant colony. The fescue did not have a mound of soil, … Continue reading

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Ants Damage and Kill Bunch Grasses

2013 is the worst year I have seen for ant damage to grasses. Apparently the dry conditions last fall were good for ants. They prefer to colonize a mound or bunch grass and develop a colony right inside the crown … Continue reading

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Two Grasses Awarded 2013 Plants of Merit by MoBot

Carex glauca ‘Blue Zinger’ and Carex muskingumensis, palm sedge have been awarded Plants of Merit by the Missouri Botanic Garden for 2013.  These are great plants for Minnesota and much of the U. S. ‘Blue Zinger’ has rather aggressive rhizomes, … Continue reading

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