Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn

Reading Holms is very entreating. Sex lives of dragon flies are talked about in book .

Introduction:

She pitied city people

She took a quiz and learned how far away from nature.

Her oak tree can make a certain amount of acorns

She took care of nature of her yard (like catching mice)

the lawn is a hatch wood patch work

a lawn needs more water than it usually gets

Unless mowed regularly, the grass will die

lawn ias a chemically supportive grass farm.

***new lawns are growing by 1 million acres a year
talk about crows…..only 1/2 of crows survive

birds are measured in biomass

hummingbird heartbeat slows down from 1,000 beats per second to150bps

bird use right eyebrow to help navigate. Eye tapping

sugar sensitive brain (Like red)

reddest cardinal attracts for female birds

birds are cheats!

Crows are in the pear tree

crows love pears

peanuts are irresistible ***

birds are on the lookout for predators

Walk of West Nile virus p. 32 and how a mosquito will affect sparrows

is west Nile from a terrorist p. 33-34

different insects travel on different parts of the yard

issues with pollinators could be chemicals. Maybe it needs to be done by hand p. 40

bumble beams economics P. 40 Honeybees have taken over the native bees

In North America there are about 600 types of ants p. 48

there is mating day???? P.48 most type ants.

insects are very versatile

pesticides destroys everything p.49

chapter 3 Lawn of many waters p.51

water ran down the street (the ground was frozen)

talk about human water needs p.51

rain has stopped on the ground

animal can teach us people about managing water

pee needs to be more concentrated.

the author bought a bird bath P. 52

the author feeds a chip Munck

he (Cheeky) can hold 150 seeds he has become a friend

trust of a wild animal. 54

birds look of surface water p. 55

crow uses the bird bath to create food

with concrete the soil is being cheated of the moisture p. 56

soil needs to be put into soil microbes ***HOW?

people use 100 gallons a day???

talking about bedrock and natural water

Chapter 4

Author wants all native creation on her yard P. 70

talk about squirrels with a stumpy ail/or foot (squirrel named stumpy)

squirrels are easy to study

squirrels can bite out the embryo of an acorn. (fertilization) of evolution p. 72-3

squirrels’ memory is about 95% P. 74 (from finding buried acorns)

shooting deer for low-income people. Save trucking cost! p.84 could be cougars

Chapter 5 Earthmovers

Cheeky has a seed cup

Like earthworms but causes issues in forest. Even zebra mussel p. 90

leaves need to be a year old because it has to much cellulose to digest p.91

Roots need water and oxygen, without them, they will die p.98

Much nitrogen has been developed

to much nitrogen makes the soil to much acidey

forest suck up nitrogen

earthworms hurt farms

lawn soils holds more worms and host more microbes that break down pollutants.

Chapter 6

crows use plant medicine

Freedom lawn is like a Darwin lawn P. 103

lawn came as pasture and landscape

by 1600 people brought livestock, and the native grasses were overrun. Many native grasses were annuals and found these grasses were not as nutritious as the grass back home.

Soon came the Kentuckey bluegrass

Washingtom and Jefferson had plants brought from across the pond

immigrants brought plants with them

The US spends more money on turf care P. 108

freedom lawn is sustainable P. 108 “It’s a movement”

pasture to grass farm and now back to pasture

There is a freedom lawn at the white house p. 109

Urban ecology people seem to like to watch P.111

Reagon like squirrels

maybe less spraying does lead to less spraying needs. P. 113

stay away from chemical dependency

Cheeky is caring 38 seeds per cheek. p. 114

There is always plant warfare

abused grass grows slower

thought lawn is an oxygen hog

pasture and grassland sock away much more carbon p. 118

Xeriscaping (like a cartoon) P.126 where is dry on top, but the soil beneath is well watered. Fossil fuel, or water (the issues)

you have to plant water before you plant plants

plants that produce food (p.128)

capture street water p.129

chapter 7

talk of the history of here yard p. 134-5 (talk of the wolf (historic) roaming around the yard)

climate change creates a food change problem with the change of the tundra?

lobster was used for fertilizer in garden p. 143

yard was scheduled to be a suburb (mid 1800s) p.148

most animal became extinct.

the word was diversity P.149

wolves lived with Indians

Chapter 8

Nature is complicated P.153

talking about Lime disease

milkweed can be poisonous p.156

cut at 60%

plants can “shout” P.158

could be to rebuff if vaper in air p.158

trees will win some battles p.158-9

nitrogen can cause acid rain P.161

In the city trees have to let out moisture to cool down P.162

dollar analysis p.164 pollution and beauty

trees are also for the animals p.165

Author misses Cheeky p.166

blaming their weather from power plants in the mid-west yah-right :(! p. 170 smokestacks?

Suburban air carries its signature smell p. 171

bird get more milage per calorie at night. p.174

birds use voice to pick mates and for territory

Chapter 10 the 13 coldest days of year

talk of air war, pine branches, seasonal storms p. 182

living outdoor is economically better than migrating

slow migration of heat P. 184

tree squirrel matting method p.187 matting bout.

Black bears do not hibernate, but woodchucks do

menu for food for the birds was discussed p.193

perennial plants need to withstand the cold

quicker is kinder for getting rid of birds p.205

sparrow stuff themselves with grain. p.206

Zebra mussel in great lakes in 1988 p.206

did not like purple loosestrife

DNA blaster to be developed p.209

bamboo blaster would be helicopter based

talk of wild scaping P.213

invader weeds plants cost more than $123 billion per year p.217 like for invading crop land. herbicide, this also includes rats. 1.5 billion for grass insects p.213

complexity is resistant to disease and need diversity.

talk of ecosystems P.219

value of nature from different countries

weeds have limits (like us)

Chapter 12

author pissed off a hive of bee’s gab hive in a bag

she concentrated on the yoga breathing to not get stung

talk about weatherizing her house p.235 Wants the big picture

talk about heat island more problem in the summer (heat bubble)98 tons of plant meat=1 gallon. Huh? p.244

One thought on “Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn

  1. Smiley Face Score:
    😊 😊 😊 😊 I scored the book a 3 until I wrote my synopsis. It then became a 4
    Keyword: Ecosystems
    Reason:
    This book really did not have anything documented about planting and growing. Though it had some talking points that are listed below:
    1. Her oak tree can make a certain amount of acorns
    2. For the yard unless mowed regularly the grass will die
    3. The lawn is a chemically supportive grass farm
    4. **new lawns are growing by 1 million acres a year
    5. hummingbird heartbeat slows down from 1,000 beats per second to150bps
    6. birds are measured in biomass
    7. bird use right eyebrow to help navigate. Eye tapping
    8. reddest cardinal attracts for female birds
    9. peanuts are irresistible *** for some crows
    10. Walk of West Nile virus p. 32 and how a mosquito will affect sparrows
    11. is west Nile from a terrorist p. 33-34
    12. bumble beams economics P. 40 Honeybees have taken over the native bees
    13. pesticides destroy everything p.49
    14. Talk about human water needs p.51
    15. animal can teach us people about managing water
    16. ee needs to be more concentrated.
    17. the author feeds a chip Munck
    18. trust of a wild animal. 54
    19. soil needs to be put into soil microbes ***HOW?
    20. people use 100 gallons a day???
    21. Author wants all native creation on her yard P. 70
    22. talk about squirrels with a stumpy tail/or foot (squirrel named stumpy)
    23. squirrels’ memory is about 95% P. 74 (from finding buried acorns)
    24. shooting deer for low-income people. Save trucking cost! p.84 could be cougars
    25. Cheeky has a seed cup
    26. Like earthworms causing issues in forest. Even zebra mussel in Greatlakes. 90
    27. leaves need to be a year old because it has to much cellulose to digest p.91
    28. Roots need water and oxygen, without them, they will die p.98
    29. Much nitrogen has been developed to much nitrogen makes the soil to much acidy
    30. lawn soils holds more worms and host more microbes that break down pollutants. Crows use plant medicine
    31. Freedom lawn is like a Darwin lawn P. 103 lawn came as pasture and landscape
    32. by 1600 people brought livestock, and the native grasses were overrun. Many native grasses were annuals and found these grasses were not as nutritious as the grass back home.
    33. Washington and Jefferson had plants brought from across the pond
    34. immigrants brought plants with them
    35. The US spends more money on turf care P. 108
    36. freedom lawn is sustainable P. 108 “It’s a movement”
    37. pasture to grass farm and now back to pasture. There is a freedom lawn at the white house p. 109
    38. Reagon like squirrels
    39. maybe less spraying does lead to less spraying needs. P. 113
    40. Cheeky is caring 38 seeds per cheek. p. 114
    41. abused grass grows slower
    42. thought that the lawn is an oxygen hog
    43. pasture and grassland sock away much more carbon p. 118
    44. Xeriscaping (like a cartoon) P.126 where is dry on top, but the soil beneath is well watered. Fossil fuel, or water (the issues)
    45. you have to plant water before you plant plants
    46. capture street water p.129
    47. climate change creates a food change problem with the change of the tundra?
    48. lobster was used for fertilizer in garden p. 143
    49. documents show that her yard was scheduled to be a suburb (mid 1800s) p.148
    50. Nature is complicated P.153
    51. plants can “shout” about harm coming their way P.158could be to rebuff if vaper in air p.158 trees will win some battles p.158-9 nitrogen can cause acid rain P.161
    52. In the city trees have to let out moisture to cool down P.162
    53. trees are also for the animals p.165
    54. blaming their weather from power plants in the mid-west yah-right :(! p. 170 smokestacks?
    55. Suburban air carries its signature smell p. 171
    56. bird get more milage per calorie at night. p.174 birds use voice to pick mates and for territory
    57. living outdoor is economically better than migrating if you are a animal
    58. tree squirrel matting method p.187 matting bout.
    59. Black bears do not hibernate, but woodchucks do
    60. perennial plants need to withstand the cold
    61. quicker is kinder for getting rid of birds p.205
    62. did not like purple loosestrife
    63. DNA blaster to be developed p.209 bamboo blaster would be helicopter based
    64. invader weeds plants cost more than $123 billion per year p.217 like for invading crop land. herbicide, this also includes rats. 1.5 billion for grass insects p.213
    65. weeds have limits (like us)
    66. author pissed off a hive of bee’s gab hive in a bag she concentrated on the yoga breathing to not get stung
    67. talk about weatherizing her house p.235 Wants the big picture
    68. talk about heat island more problem in the summer (heat bubble),98 tons of plant meat=1 gallon. Huh? p.244
    Conclusion: I enjoyed reading about the Freedom Yard, with me working on turf during the summer at a golf course while going to college. The book also lightly talked about climate change and purple loosestrife (pretty plant). Matting for small mammals was discussed along with the bamboo airborne blaster (I thought that was neat). Gave info. on the cost of “invaders” and gave general “stats” of what seems to be important to her yard. I don’t really know what it really means to look at the yard hundreds of years ago. With the evolution (just think of population) of the earth (with climate change) are we looking for “what it was”, and can we return to such a state? Complexity😉

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