Trees Planted – March 2018

With special thanks to our iQmetrix volunteers, TreesDavidson planted five “Cherokee Brave” dogwoods along the west side of the greenway just north of Robert Walker Drive in late March 2018. Watch them grow – and sign up to join us for future tree-planting volunteer opportunities!       […]

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Dandelions in the yard

I’m Just Fine with Dandelions

Take a walk, and look at the lawns of the houses you pass. Most of them will be neatly trimmed and made out of grass. After all, a beautiful green lawn is a status symbol in suburbs around the world. However, there is a catch. Growing a grass lawn often requires pesticides to keep insects […]

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Kale after heavy rain

Weather or Not

Not too long ago, seasons were clearly defined things. Winter was cold. Spring was warm. Summer was hot. Autumn was cool. Nowadays, however, man-made climate change has made telling the seasons apart and predicting what the weather will be a real headache—especially for farmers. In the space of one month, we might have snow, balmy […]

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Share Your Garden with Wildlife

Share Your Garden With Wildlife

What do you think of when you think of a garden? Perhaps a neat, orderly arrangement of flowers, or maybe rows and rows of fruits and vegetables? Whatever you think of, you probably don’t think of it as a wildlife habitat first and foremost. Of course, that doesn’t need to be the case. After all, […]

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Decomposing Tree by NSF H.J. Andrews LTER

The Dirt on Decomposers

Think about soil for a moment: the brown, lumpy, crusty stuff that makes up the ground you walk on. Have you ever wondered where it all comes from? Soil is the end result of a process called decomposition, which is the breakdown of organic material (dead plants and animals) by organisms called decomposers. When a […]

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Allergies

Pollen: Nothing to Sneeze At

It’s spring, which for many of us here in Davidson means the return of flowers, birds, butterflies, and other pleasant things. However, it also means the return of something generally considered to be unpleasant—pollen. Pollen, be it from trees, from ragweed, or from flowers, is one of the leading causes of allergies. However, pollen also […]

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Pollination

Mutualism: A Cycle of Support

The saying goes that nature is red in tooth and claw. And for the most part, this is true. After all, organisms of one species do not go out of their way to help those of other species on purpose. . . at least not normally. But then you have cases of symbiosis, where two […]

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