grass

i like grass do you.

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The Grass Scanner

Now you can know for certain if the grass is really greener on the other side thanks to Alice Wang's fantastic new grass scanner. It takes 3 seperate readings using Pantone color detecting devices and then averages them to determine a the true green-ness of the grass.via We Make Money Not Art

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Grass bioreactor Answered

Hi, I tried building a grass bioreactor out of a 5 gallon bucket. I filled the bucket all the way to the top with grass and filled it with some water, closed it up, and then I let it set for 3 days. I used a lighter to try to to burn the gas, but all I saw was the lighter burning as usual. I am trying to get a reasonable amount of flammable gas for boosting car mpg. 

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How can i restore my lawns grass and eliminate the clovers that are taking over?

After my sprinkler system was speaerd by a lawn dart and didnt get fixed for some time, my once beutiful grass has been taken over by clovers and has thinned out. How can i fix it to beautiful florida st augustine grass? Is there a grass that is so pervasive that it cant be stopped but still looks nice? I have a sheep and she is a voracious eater of the grass.  I want something that looks nice, doesnt need much care apart from mowing... and if possible, doesnt require so much water as my sprinkler system is old and prone to failure. It also needs to survive hot weather.

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Trying to make ethanol out of grass, what chemicals could I use to break down the grass into simpler sugars?

Grass is made up of starchy carbohydrates which I think would not be converted to ethanol by yeast. What could I use to break down the starch into simpler sugars?

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Rice Paddy Art

I found this post through another post, and it's truly magnificent.  Every year starting in 1993-1994, rice farmers create these aerial art displays using 2-3 different rice cultivars (purple, green, and white), and I'm pretty sure the same could be recreated using liriope and black mondo grass for those of us who don't live in areas hospitable for creating a rice paddy. You really have to check it out.

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How do I weave this kind of basket? Answered

What kind of basket is this, and how do I weave it? I'm interested because it seems like it would be an excellent outdoors skill! There are two photos of what I think is the same basket weave style, but I may be wrong.

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Non Permanent Grass Dog Area

I recently moved into a rental home that has no grass, rocks only.  My two large dogs are used to having a grass yard, so I am looking for a way to make them a raised bed-type grass area that I can deconstruct when I move in two years.  I'm thinking a wood frame with a plywood bottom, fill it with topsoil then adding sod on top of that.  The only problem is that I would like it to be fairly large, at least 25' X 25'.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.   (Sorry the photo is weird, it was taken through a screened porch.)

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Percent grass in the diet of cows producing grass-fed butter available around the San Francisco Bay Area

I eat a lot of butter. It is my primary cooking fat, I'll often drink butter tea for breakfast (~4 TBSP of butter with herbal or green tea, riffing off of Tibetan tea), and sometimes I'll just eat a few pats or feed a few pats to my kids when they're starving and dinner isn't quite ready. I believe butter can be a very high quality food, and I feel great eating lots of it.  I want to eat butter that is exclusively, or at least primarily, made from cows eating grass; not grain. I asked the producers of several types of butter available in my local market what percentage of their cows' diet was grass. Here are their responses: Berkeley Farms Cows are grass-fed on pasture whenever possible, but feed can vary given conditions.  They are also fed alfalfa and grain. Kerrygold From website: "The vast majority of an Irish cow’s diet is from rich, natural grass which grows abundantly in Ireland. Irish dairy cows graze outdoors on grass all day long for up to 312 days a year ... During the winter, when grasses stop growing, Irish cows are fed dried grass (known as silage) ... After calving, cows are provided with supplementary feed to help restore protein and nurture them through this period ... The majority of our cows’ supplementary feed is locally grown crops such as wheat and barley." Organic Valley Cows are primarily grass-fed on pasture, but they do receive supplemental feedings of grain. Sierra Nevada Cheese Company Cows are not exclusively grass-fed; they are also fed grain. Straus Family Creamery Our cows are pasture-fed and are certified organic. Whenever the weather permits, they spend their time out on pasture, grazing on the rich, sweet grasses that are typical for Marin and Sonoma Counties in Northern California. Their diet consists of about 75-80% forages, which include fresh grasses, silage and hay. The other 20-25% consists of a variety of certified organic grains.

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Will grass change color like most flowers do if it grows in dyed water?

I am trying to create an eco-column for science class. My idea must be unique and I was thinking about dyeing the water and hoping that a fast-growing plant, my only idea is grass, would change colors like some flowers do. At first, I was researching white carnations because they definitely change color but realized that it would take too long to grow from a seed. If grass won't change color, are there any other fast-growing plants that will? 

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How do they mow the lawns in those criss-cross patterns, esp. at stadiums etc.?

I've always wondered how they get that "herringbone" pattern or "chessboard" pattern in lawns especially at baseball or football stadiums. They look nice.

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How to eliminate perennial ryegrass from my centipede (I think) lawn? Answered

I had to have a drain tile dug up and replaced in my front yard a while back. In order to prevent the loose dirt from washing into the street when it rained, I put down perennial rye seed to hold the sod together. Now I'd like to have all the same grass again, but the rye is proving to be more tenacious than I bargained for. I've tried Googling for a rye-specific herbicide, but no luck so far. I've been just pulling up the rye shoots, but I'm hoping for a less labor-intensive approach. Any lawn-care experts out there that can recommend a product or process that might help get rid of the rye without killing off the rest of the lawn or making me grow gills or a second head or something?

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How do I make my yard less boring? Answered

I keep my yard mowed and edged, and my hedge trimmed. I have even planted some sunflowers, spearmint, garlic chives and such in the little flower bed along my walkway, but my yard just seems boring. What can I do to make it look more interesting and appealing? I was thinking about taking out the hedge along the wall, but what could I put there?

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I have two dogs and a small backyard and their urine kills the grass. What can I use to stop the grass from dying?

Their urine produces yellow spots and eventually the grass dies.

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How can I keep the female dog pee spots next to my patio from turning to mud this spring? Add lye, lime or baking soda?

My female dog pees in several spots just off the patio,and the grass has died. Now it is turning to mud since she runs thru those spots with her large paws. In the wet spring this will turn into a mud pit on the way in and out. Is there any thing I can add to her pee spots to make it fertile for the grass instead of a killer? Must be high urea content in the pee. Will pouring some lime or baking soda help? She is a 50 pound pit who loves to run in grass or mud. This must be a common problem. I seem to be constantly blocking off & reseeding sections.

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lawn weed killer

I was wondering if anyone knows of a homemade weed killer that will not harm the surrounding grass.

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Growing cat grass - The one I planted did not come out with nice thick blades like the one I see for sale. Why?

I use good fresh store bought soil and follow the planting instructions.  When it sprout sand startsgrowing up it looks sort of weak and scragly.  I give it to my cat and it doesn;t stand up.  It sort of bends over and stops growing   Even the blades of grass that my cat hasn't chewed on come loose at the roots.  I tried pushing them back into the ground but they shrivel up and die.  So sad.  What am I doing wrong.? Have yu got any tips or suggestions that you give me?  thank you

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Kitchen Cabinets

I have Grass hinges on my kitchen cabinets. the doors will not stay closed. Is there a way to tighen them without screwing up the hinge?

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Any ideas on cheap gazebo/marquee weights to hold down the legs?

Some marquees are going on concrete surfaces, some on grass.

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What is the best way to cut gerass on a very steep sloped hill?

My back yard is made up mostly out of an increadibly steep hill. For years I have used a non-propelled push mower for the top and mowed down until the mower has almost reached tipping point (just above the tree over the rock). From there I have to use a weed eater to cut the rest of the yard until its flat. this is a very difficult and time comesuming process that will drain anyone physicly and mentally. How can I fix this? If I need new lawn equipment, I am willing to buy new equipment to end this nightmare. If i need to change my mowing technique i will try anything that anyone has to offer.

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Making a Self Roaming Robot

Hey guys, I am doing GCSE Electronics and I've decided that I would like to create a fully automated robot which will roam around on a patch of grass while avoiding any objects in its path (I would assume by using infra-red). I have searched the internet briefly but have not found anything useful. I would very much appreciate it if anyone could point me in the correct direction. Thank you very much, Lawrence

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Dead Lawn--Fix Ph under evergreen trees.

Coniferous trees (pines, etc) acidify soil under em. Lawn doesn't cope wit this too well. Dump your old boxes of baking soda from freezer/fridge under pine tree. It works. Grass grows better. I'd do an -ible, but didn't bother to take pics. If you try it, maybe take before + after pics and post an -ible.

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Fast and easy firebreaks

One year of heavy rainfall followed by one year of drought adds up to a recipe for disaster.  Its time to do something about your cheet grass.

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How do I prep the ground for desert landscaping?

I'm renting a place that has crappy grass/lawn around the pool and the back yard and I need to know what I need to do to in order to get rid of the grass that's there, and how to properly pre-treat the ground before laying rocks. Eventually I may want to add some desert plants and a drip system but I don't have the capital for that right now. For now I just want to go with rock.

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How can i build a toy farm?

I want to build a toy farm for all my tractors and machinery. i want to make sheds farm houses fields and lanes. with trees and grass

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composting

I am getting ready to start composting, and I was wondering what all can you put in them. I know leaves, grass, food left overs, things like that. But can you put paper and cardboard, etc

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invasion of "creeping charley ground ivy. with High Voltage

I am experimenting with voltages to destroy unwanted vines and other weeds in my grass and garden. I have an idea that  a high voltage may be the answer.  However I don"t  relish using a 120 vac line  out to the grass. So I would like  to make a portable  bat. operated one that  can generate at least 5 kilovolts . The tip of the killing rod  in my hand would be well insulated I presume. Is  this type  of high voltage available?      How about use of a FASER gun? Is it legal? Ground  Ivy is a pest weed. Hard to kill with  chemicals.

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Ice rink on an old volleyball court in my backyard in Northcentral PA - is it a good idea in this climate?

I live in Northcentral PA - we have had record lows these past 3 weeks average 30. I am thinking about building an ice rink in my backyard on a grassed over volleyball court - Is this a good idea based on where I live and on an old sand volleyball court? I wanted to build it for my nieces and nephews who will be here in about 7 days for the holidays.  Since we have 7 acres of grass thought this would be fun for the family.  If so what type of plastic is best?

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I would like to know what would happen when you dispose used Ferric Chloride into grass? Answered

Haven't been able to find the answer to my question.

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Electric Mower will not start, trips the breaker?

I have a Task Force model #25143 electric mower (corded) that suddenly stopped while I was cutting some grass that I admit was probably too tall.  I have had no previous problems with it whatsoever since I bought it new last year.  After some searching I found out that it had tripped the breaker (was plugged into the GFI outside the house).  It's only a short cord--an extension must be used.  I bought a new one last month, but tried two other ones just to be sure--no change.  I tried using a different outlet--no change.  I tried using an inside outlet and promptly tripped that breaker as well.  I checked the blade, it spins freely, there was a small amount of grass on the shaft above it, I removed that.  There was a lot of cut grass on the underside of the deck (it's a mulching mower) and I removed all that going to the side discharge and the chute where the bag would be.  I took off the cover to the motor, there was some grass and dust in there, I cleaned it all out.  As for the connections, they are still clean as a whistle--no rust, corrosion, burning, fraying, etc. they still look new.  I was looking for a fuse and couldn't find one, checked by the motor and in the handle where the switch is.  After all this it still trips the breaker so I'm thinking there has got to be a short. The plug side of the extension cord was warm.  I found an answer that said use a multi-meter and I suppose I could go buy one but then what do I do with it?  I don't know what I'm supposed to hook it to and I don't know what any of the readings would mean.  I'm too low on cash now to pay for repair or buy a new one and where I live the grass needs to be cut almost 2x a week--any advice?  How can I find the short or is the motor gone?  I also read about motor "brushes" but don't think I saw any not that I would know what they look like anyway.  I included pics of the switch and the motor.

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How do i take a outside garden that has gone wild and make it ready for next spring?

 with none of the weeds, grass, Creeper, evergreen shoots currently inhabiting the space, but still have the soil fertile for new (prettier) inhabitants?

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Photoshop digital art, needing advice with detail.

Hello all, Ive begun to crack into digital art in photoshop. This is mainly refering to painting and not manipulating photos. Im not having much trouble with lighting or coloring. My main issue is with Texture and detail. I can make shapes and lighting and coloring but that all means nothing if it doesnt have any texture. So any and all advice within these regards would be awesome. and i will be starting on grass and nature and im trying to make high quality photos so if you have any advice on ground texturizing (like grass or trees) you can also help me out there. -Thank you for taking time to read this, Liam

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Finding an old instructable

Hi, a while back I saw an Instructable on how to get loads of worms out of the grass using electric rods set up in a circle. I am ready to make that but now cant find it on the site. Does any one remember this or tellme how to find it?

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Unable to add contest entry to the contest

My instructable id/Make-Great-Cordage-Out-Of-Grass/ was made sperecificaly to be entered into the survival challenge. Howevever some weird glitch will not allow me to enter it. Can an admin or anyone with the ability please please add it to the contest Survival Challenge. Thanks

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Rain Barrels

I have inserted a Sump Pump through the top of my rain barrel. I have a 6X10 inch screen tightly fitted in the barrel which I remove to insert the pump. Now my wife can drag the hose around the yard to water her plants and garden and to water the grass.

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I have a well that is strictly for irigation, ie: watering the grass. Can I economicly run this with solar panels?

It's a 1 hp pump.  If the pump motor was change to DC and  I had batteries to store the power, would solar be an option?  I understand the expense of the DC motor and batteries that goes along with it.  I talking long term.

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Harvest Grain- with a Hedgetrimmer?

Has anyone tried cutting tall grass with a hedgetrimmer? It does resemble a sickle bar mower, at least superficially. I've never quite gotten the hang of the scythe, and although the gas chainsaw does work, it's an awful lot o noise. This year, the slender wheatgrass, which is usually xeriscaping and erosion control will be harvested for chickens ! I'm thinkin of buying a Ryobi cordless trimmer. 

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Water Pump Sprinkler

I have a gas powered water pump at the creek for watering a garden and grass. I need a suggestion for building a 'sprinkler head' on the end of the 3" blue collapsable tubing. I have been having to move the water every 15-20 minutes. Thought of using a 3" pvc tube with holes drilled along one side and capping the other end. Any other suggestions? Thanks, Bill

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What is this green globby goo in my driveway? Answered

What is this stuff?? I noticed this green slime in my driveway one day. It's sorta gel-like, has some air bubbles, and is centered around greenery. I can sorta pick it up with a stick and it jiggles and doesn't really come apart. It reminds me of seaweed kinda. It was mainly located in the center of my driveway where we have weed growth. The appearance happened to coincide with a long bought of rain (nearly several weeks). I also noticed some in areas of our lawn and near the edges of our gardens. This is in Northeastern Vermont, photo taken this summer, '09. PS--I apologize if this is too picture heavy. Please let me know if it is. I just like sharing all the neat photos of this strange substance that looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters!

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outdoor steps down a steep slope cheap

Steps down a slope so that we don't have to cut grass there, and also we have a tendency to slide down it!!! this area is near our back porch is flat for app. 4 feet then drops about 6foot over another 8-10 foot area. want to do this cheap but looks nice. we have 6-8 concrete pavers now and several smaller pavers

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Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Science Fair at my school and I'm not finished yet. My aim is, Will Climate Change Affect The Growth Of Grass In The Next Ten Years? I've done the testing and I'm writing the conclusion. I need to know some plants that are sensitive to temperature changes. I have already searched and can't find any (I must have very bad searching skills). I also need to know what kind of chemicals that plants use. I'm kind of panicking right now!

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Computer-Controlled Appliances, Dired Fruit Rolls, Install Drip Irrigation

Computer-Controlled Appliances Dried Fruit Rolls Install Drip Irrigation USB-Powered Marble Machine Cheap Multitrack Recording Crazy Looper Grass Charging Station Variable Neutral Density Filter Wood Stove from Scrap Granite Countertops 5-Minute Bread Pudding Tesla Turbines iPad Notebook Safe Upcycled Notebook Art AC-Powered Batteries

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compost pile full of roots How do I stop this from happing?

Last fall I cut up a pile of leaves about 3 feet high. In the spring I added grass and kitchen scraps. when I tried to turn the pile it was so full of roots that I could not turn it over. I am unable to use it because these roots are so small and intertwined it is useless. how do I stop the roots?

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I want to make terrariums for my Christmas gifts this year but im not sure how to do it.

I want to make terrariums for my Christmas gifts this year but im not sure how to do it. i was thinking of using mason jars but im not sure of the right mix of things to put into them before closing them up. Has anyone ever done this before or have any thoughts on the right mix of dirt and moss and grass to place inside the jar?

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