Cornell Lawn Care Library
Early fall is prime lawn care time in New England, whether you are seeding a new lawn or feeding an existing one. A great source of information on all aspects of lawn care for our region, Cornell Lawn Care Library covers basics such as how grass grows and choosing the right lawn grass, maintenance topics such as mowing, fertilizing, watering and dealing with leaves, and troubleshooting advice on coping with shade, thatch, weeds and many other lawn ills. There's even advice on choosing a lawn care service.
Wild Plants in Urban Landscapes
It's testimony to the resiliency of nature that even in the most urbanized environments, plants spring up in the smallest of nooks and crannies. Many are named as weeds, but even these can be appreciated for the life they add to landscapes of concrete and asphalt. For those who'd like to identify and learn more about these sturdy plants, Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston has written Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: a field guide (Cornell University Press, 2010, $29.95). Well illustrated with photographs both of plant parts and plants in the city landscape, along with descriptions that include information on their ecological functions and cultural significance, this guide will help urban explorers gain a new perspective on the natural world around them.