You think you have problems keeping your grass green?

June 23, 2011 

If you are having a hard time keeping your lawn looking tip-top, imagine what you would do if you had 30 million or so people walking around on yours every year.

In 1791, Pierre L'Enfant designed the 684-acre National Mall in Washington, D.C. The park has more than 3,000 events each year, which mean a lot of visitors tromping back and forth on the lawn. The soil has become so compact that nothing will grow in it. A much-needed restoration is under way this year and it will include new grass and repairs to the park's monuments.

It is one of the hardest areas in the world to grow grass. Scientists were consulted as to what kinds of grass or sod to plant and how to keep it all watered.

I wonder if Clemson University experts were consulted. I find it very interesting to learn more about these kinds of projects, mainly because it might give children insight into what field of education to follow. I have met some interesting graduates of Clemson who have studied all sorts of projects such as this one.

The grass dilemma alone probably took lots of thought -- and then there's the issue of how to keep it watered.

The estimated cost of the total restoration of the Mall is $700 million.

  • I was shocked to read that 4,000 applications were filled out to hunt alligators. The licenses cost $100. Wouldn't it be a lot kinder and gentler to spend that money on someone who is near and dear to you? I wonder how many of the applicants have spent time sitting down at their desk penning a nice note to their wife or children? Only 1,200 applications are approved, thank goodness. I guess you can see I am on the alligator's side.

  • I hate to admit it, but I've lost one-sixth of my "potager." Potager is French for kitchen garden, and I think it sounds better than just admitting I have only two tomato plants and four herbs. The other night when we had that giant storm, I lost one tomato plant and, for some strange reason, one of the other half-ripe tomatoes fell off. I am horrified at my lack of gardening skills.

    When the children were little, I had a beautiful little vegetable patch and I even produced broccoli one winter. I thought one was supposed to get older and wiser. Where oh where is my green thumb of yore? I think it would be fun to have a community garden. There might be some space near the tennis courts and soccer fields on Buckwalter Parkway. I really think it is great fun to grow things and much more fun to share the chores and experiences. I could use some sage advice and help getting my "green" thumb back -- and besides, if I can't grow tomatoes maybe you could share some of yours.

    Food for thought since I have a strong yearning for my BLT, which I have yet to have!

  • Dust off your red, white and blue and get ready for the Bluffton Children's Fourth of July Parade. We will muster the crew in front of the Church of the Cross at 10 a.m. July 4. Decorate your bikes, strollers, dogs and yourself, of course, and come join the fun. We will stroll down Calhoun Street to Lawrence Street.

    The parade does not last long, so you can go about your other festivities in the afternoon. So come help us celebrate the Fourth in old town, deep in the heart of Bluffton. Details: 843-757-3855

  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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