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Page 400 - ... when properly located on the home grounds. The common red maple thrives best on a moist soil and is sometimes used as a street tree although proving more suitable for lawn planting. In the fall, the coloring of the foliage is brilliant and in the spring its blossoms make a very attractive early spring effect. The sugar maple is the most widely known and one of the best of all the maples. It is a larger tree than the Norway maple although in many other respects so much like it that the two are...
Page 144 - A simple plate- tester is used in making the test. This tester is made by using two tin plates, one slightly smaller than the other. Earthen plates can be used but are not so convenient and are more liable to be broken. Cotton flannel pads are cut of the same size as the inside of the under plate. The pads are soaked in water and then squeezed to remove the surplus water. One pad is put at the bottom of the larger plate and fifty kernels of corn are placed upon it.
Page 133 - The stem is from two to four feet in length, and from an eighth to a quarter of an inch in diameter, the leaves long and slender, and from four to six inches apart, joining the stem along the line of a very oblique spiral.
Page 149 - Cnt when the alfalfa is in advanced bud and a few plants in blossom, on a day that promises fair weather. Occasionally the alfalfa will come into bud and hesitate to blossom; sprouts will then immediately start at the base. It should be cut when those conditions prevail even though no blossoms appear.
Page 158 - It can always be determined by testing with blue litmus paper, which can be obtained from the druggist. Take some moist earth from a few inches beneath the surface of the ground and press it firmly over a strip of litmus paper. Do not handle the litmus paper when the hands are moist as the perspiration from them may cause the paper to show an acid reaction when no acid is present in the soil. After the paper has remained in the soil for ten or fifteen minutes, if it has changed...
Page 144 - Cotton or flannel pads are cut out the same size as the inside of the under plate. The pads are soaked in water and then squeezed to remove the surplus water. One pad is put at the bottom of the larger plate and a hundred alfalfa seeds are placed upon it.
Page 389 - ... strength of the fertilizer to be used, a dressing of about 2.5 pounds per hundred square feet would be a moderate application under average conditions. Varieties of Grass for Lawns. The best variety of grass for lawns, under general conditions in Michigan, is Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis). While it is rather slow in starting, it produces a permanent lawn of fine texture and of a rich green color. The crown of the plant sets very close to the ground thus permitting close clipping and the...
Page 391 - ... portions of the lawn and smooth off all the small irregularities over the surface of the lawn. A building will possess an ideal setting as far as grades are concerned when it appears to be located on the summit of a slight knoll with the land Explanation of Planting Plan on Page Eleven This design shows a desirable location for a house and barn on a small suburban lot in reference to the exposure and distances from the sides and front of the lot. The drive is so designed and planted as to screen...