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Mechanical application of recycled newsprint slurry provides effective weed control for apple trees

Experiments were conducted to investigate the use of spray-on-mulch slurry comprised primarily of recycled waste newsprint fiber as an effective method to control excessive weed competition and enhance tree establishment and performance. A study reported on a new technology that provides mechanical application of waste newsprint product to new or established orchards.

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Researchers test 25 shrubs, suggest best candidates for use in urban landscapes

Researchers evaluated the performance of 25 shrub species grown on a slope during three seasons. Two mulches, biodegradable textile and polypropylene fabric, were used in comparison with the control of bare soil; the highest plant growth in terms of height and biomass was found in mulched plots. Fuzzy deutzia and virginal mock orange showed a higher number of desirable qualities than the other species tested and were recommended for use on highway and roadside slopes.

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Study includes recommendations for optimum CRF usage to establish landscape plants

A study determined optimum controlled-release fertilizer recommendations including fertilizer type, rate, and timing for establishing seven common herbaceous perennials. Two controlled-release fertilizers were tested in six treatments. The researchers found that that all seven landscape perennials could benefit from an application of two tablets (7.5 g) of 16N–3.5P–10K Osmocote®Plus fertilizer (per plant) at transplant.

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Study says track and field athletes perform better, have less anxiety at landscaped venues

Researchers investigated the impact of greenery and landscaping on athletic performance and anxiety in collegiate track and field athletes. The research studied performance and anxiety levels of athletes competing at different venues that featured a range of landscaping levels. A regression analysis showed greenness level to be a predictor of best performance by the athletes.

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