Preventing Ruts

A common gardening mistake is made when doing leaf pickup in late fall and winter. I am specifically referring to when the ground is saturated and the temperature has declined enough for it to freeze. The first part of the mistake is being too controlling--treating a few leaves like litter strewn on the floor of your home. I am convinced this hyper neat freak behavior for the landscape is a form of psychosis related to our disconnection from nature. Compost the leaves rather than putting them in plastic bags like garbage. A second mistake is trying to drive a heavy riding machine on turf when the surface layer is thawed but the underlying soil is still frozen. The interface of the froz

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Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.

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