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Resoponsible Turf

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio
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Clemson Extension’s Home and Garden Information Center each week shares a listing of calls they’ve received, ranked by the topics with the greatest requests for help. Number one, leading the list, is always turf grass.  A super-managed lawn, with no flowering, so-called weeds doesn’t feed pollinators, needs regular irrigation, and few lawn mowers and such have anti-pollution devices on them. That said, we all need a small turf area for picnics and slip and slides (just about the most fun item every invented) and places to roll around with the dog. If you want people to admire your house, a smaller lawn with thoughtfully chosen and artfully arranged trees and shrubs encourages people to slow down to get a better look than just a wide-open-to-the-world carpet of grass with your house plopped down in the middle.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.