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Lots of things going on in the big green world . . .

By George Schmok

From what I understand, Gypsy moths, or at least those cute little caterpillars from whence they come, are eating New Jersey and the surrounding area out of trees. Still the juice that kills them best (Dimilin) is not an environmental favorite, so watch for more about these tree eaters in the months ahead . . .

One of the reasons they are so abundant is the area is suffering from dry weather. I guess those who oppose the spraying to save the environment are being thwarted by the environment . . . Oh . . . There’s a twist . . .

And speaking of environmentalism, which I think is a good thing but is sometimes abused by the politicos. I recently read a report that blamed irrigation for causing a dip in global warming . . . The key word being "Blamed” . . . Apparently, when irrigation is applied to the ground, 1) green things grow, 2) the green things eat carbon dioxide, 3) they then emit oxygen, and 4) provide shelter from the sun, which all counter global warming . . . The funny thing was the report made it sound like all of that was bad . . . Yeah, especially for their research . . . Go figure . . . Stop irrigating and stop irritating those darn scientists . . .

OK, it is hot, especially in Southern California where we just closed out the driest year on record. So it must be global warming, except that two years ago it was the wettest year on record . . . One thing is for sure, the weather is causing fits all over the place.

Now hurricane season has begun and since last year was predicted to be the worst year, but in fact was one of the best years with barely a hurricane in sight, this year will probably be . . . Wait a minute, there is no way I’m going to predict the weather in this column other than to predict that the weather will be predictably unpredictable . . .

Doesn’t that bug you . . . And speaking of bugs again . . . This is year 17 for the good ol' 17-year cicada . . . Another bug that bugs a lot of people and plants. Still the worst bug that I see is the pine bark beetle, which has killed tens of thousands of trees in the Rockies and throughout the Western Mountain Ranges. Those poor people in Lake Tahoe . . . OK . . . Those poor rich people with homes along the shores of Lake Tahoe are reeling from the effects of dead, dry trees and the fire season is yet to swing into full gear. Now would be a good time to trim the excess and plan for fire . . .

And speaking about fire and planning . . .It is a good thing the people of Colorado threw the old governor in the fire and elected a new one that finally signed the Landscape Architecture licensing act. That makes 49 out of 50 states licensing landscape architects. Heck . . . Even Puerto Rico registers Landscape Architects . . . Makes you feel kinda stupid out there in Vermont, doesn’t it . . . Good planning is the key to good landscape . . .

Just ask Clint Eastwood . . . He was planning on chopping down some 20,000 trees in and around Pebble Beach, Calif. to build another golf course and condo community. Too bad the planners there were environmentalists and opted to keep those pesky oxygen producing trees . . . Oh yeah . . . And did you hear that Paris Hilton got out of jail . . . Sorry, but every media outlet in America has carried that story and we wouldn't want to be like sorry ol' Vermont, now would we . . .?

Anyways . . . Onward and upward and be sure to check out the agenda for the 2007 Western Turfgrass and Landscape Expo on page 9 . . . So far there are 32 Seminars, almost 300 Vendor Booths and there's still four months to go before the November 7-8 main event . . .

And speaking about shameless plugs . . . Sorry about the June issue coming out so late. . . We switched over to a new database and things went so smoothly we ended up celebrating for about two weeks before we decided to let the June issue loose . . . OK . . . we had a few bugs and it took a while before we found the right bug juice to get things back in the green . . .

But things are going green now . . . So . . . Have a great summer and start planning for those trade shows and conventions . . . We look forward to seeing you all this fall . . .

--God Bless

George Schmok, Publisher



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