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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:22 PM

Mr. President, your grass is almost ready! (part 2) (pic heavy)

Mr. President, your grass is almost ready! (part 2)

Part 1, which was posted a couple of weeks before the election, may be seen here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021552083

I feel silly to be proud of the job I was a part of, but I feel proud none the less. Overall not many Americans have even seen the Capitol Building, the Mall, or the National Monument, much less been a part of all the work that happens around these landmarks.

It was a cool and drizzly morning in DC.



It was unseasonably warm, but a cold front was pushing through and we had work to do.





The sod had been put down, hiding the thousands of hours of labor that happened underneath it, and it was our task to help it thrive. We were there to run spikes through it to allow air and water to penetrate it.







Mr. President, I hope you approve of the new lawn a million people will stand on while you are sworn in for your second term. I know Iím proud to have been a (very small) part of making it grow strong.




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Reply Mr. President, your grass is almost ready! (part 2) (pic heavy) (Original post)
obxhead Dec 2012 OP
Bonhomme Richard Dec 2012 #1
obxhead Dec 2012 #5
rDigital Dec 2012 #22
mostlyconfused Dec 2012 #30
calimary Dec 2012 #43
Coyotl Dec 2012 #2
gateley Dec 2012 #3
obxhead Dec 2012 #28
notadmblnd Dec 2012 #4
elleng Dec 2012 #8
obxhead Dec 2012 #10
Heather MC Dec 2012 #47
nenagh Dec 2012 #6
elleng Dec 2012 #7
Barack_America Dec 2012 #9
obxhead Dec 2012 #12
LancetChick Dec 2012 #11
Cha Dec 2012 #13
obxhead Dec 2012 #18
elleng Dec 2012 #33
JanT Dec 2012 #14
Ruby the Liberal Dec 2012 #15
obxhead Dec 2012 #24
Ruby the Liberal Dec 2012 #41
obxhead Dec 2012 #42
Heather MC Dec 2012 #48
Dont call me Shirley Dec 2012 #16
blaze Dec 2012 #17
obxhead Dec 2012 #20
blaze Dec 2012 #25
obxhead Dec 2012 #26
blaze Dec 2012 #44
Whisp Dec 2012 #19
jtuck004 Dec 2012 #21
obxhead Dec 2012 #23
dinger130 Dec 2012 #27
sheshe2 Dec 2012 #29
teddyhcraig Dec 2012 #31
handmade34 Dec 2012 #32
mattvermont Dec 2012 #34
ReRe Dec 2012 #35
TygrBright Dec 2012 #36
Kip Humphrey Dec 2012 #37
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 #38
Fearless Dec 2012 #39
logosoco Dec 2012 #40
blaze Dec 2012 #45
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2012 #46
WinstonSmith4740 Dec 2012 #49
DebJ Dec 2012 #50
skeewee08 Dec 2012 #51
tomtharp Dec 2012 #52
obxhead Dec 2012 #56
juajen Dec 2012 #53
tallahasseedem Dec 2012 #54
marions ghost Dec 2012 #55
obxhead Dec 2012 #57
marions ghost Dec 2012 #58
1monster Dec 2012 #59
obxhead Dec 2012 #60
1monster Dec 2012 #65
obxhead Dec 2012 #66
lexw Dec 2012 #61
GaYellowDawg Dec 2012 #62
UBCchuck Dec 2012 #63
efhmc Dec 2012 #64
obxhead Dec 2012 #67

Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:28 PM

1. I thought this was going to be a pot thread. Disappointing. n/t

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:16 PM

5. Gotcha!

I could have said lawn, but "grass" just seemed appropriate in both threads to me. I spend all of my time at work making it grow, even though it's not the kind you should smoke.

Obama continues the Presidential tradition of fighting the good and giving plant. Hopefully we see "change" with the new administration.

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:26 PM

22. ROFL nt

 

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:01 PM

30. I was thinking that...or a golf course

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:41 PM

43. DUzy!!!!! ROFL!!!! But all the same, congrats to obxhead for a job well-done.

That lawn looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

Now, if we can just get a chief justice who remembers his lines and doesn't botch the Presidential Oath of Office this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:30 PM

2. And I thought Obama was landing in CO or WA at 4:20!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:31 PM

3. This is so cool! You have a right to be proud -- and how fabulous knowing POTUS and fellow

supporters will be benefitting from your labors!

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Response to gateley (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:56 PM

28. Thanks gateley

I'll be trampling this grass with the other 1 million around me in a little over a month.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:09 PM

4. Oh no, What if it snows?

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:23 PM

8. If it snows, the grass keeps growing (slowly, I guess) and Inaugural is held inside!!!

We'll ALL survive!

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:28 PM

10. Snow is actually really good for grass

It insulates it and melts slowly letting all the water get soaked up. It really won't be growing at that point, but it will stabilize the soil and help all the sod mesh together.

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:00 AM

47. it will still be Awesome!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:18 PM

6. Love the photos..many thanks..

Wonder how many acres of lawn you all restored...

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:20 PM

7. Great work as usual, obx!!!


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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:25 PM

9. Care to bring the crew over to our house?

Our lawn's a mess.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:37 PM

12. Yeah

Get in line LOL.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:30 PM

11. I LOVE this!

Thanks so much for posting. Oh, and congratulations on that beautiful lawn.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:42 PM

13. It's totally something to be proud of, obx!

Everything about this time in History is exciting and you are at the Hub.. Keepin' it Lean and Green. Is that you in the Machine?

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Response to Cha (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:13 PM

18. Yes

In this thread it is actually me.

Not only is that me, but it's my very first time driving that particular tractor. Hell of a place to "learn to operate" in my opinion.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:14 PM

33. Sure is a hell of a place to learn!

Sorry I wasn't there watching!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:50 PM

14. lookin' good & ready for the party! nt

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:51 PM

15. Why would you feel silly to be a part of that?

It looks GORGEOUS - and given that it is, er, December in the Northeast, amazingly green.

Awesome job, and thanks for the pics!

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:47 PM

24. I feel silly

because we were such a tiny part of the project. It would take another entire post that most would ignore to even begin to describe what was done below that layer of sod we worked on. So many people did so much more work that will really keep this grass alive and growing strong. They will never be given any credit because it's all hidden underground so that we can enjoy a free and open space of greenery.

It was (still is) a huge project that has a deadline of Jan 19th to get completed. I'm proud, but I'm a fraction of a tiny part of it.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:34 PM

41. Yeah but you shared it with thousands of people

who had no idea what all went into that. Credit, my friend!!

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #41)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:05 PM

42. Thanks

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Response to obxhead (Reply #24)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 11:04 AM

48. it takes a lot of tiny parts to create a giant puzzle

your part is just as important as Our Presidents.

No one likes an incomplete puzzle

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:52 PM

16. Gorgeous!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:11 PM

17. Not silly at all!!!!!

And knowing that I "know" someone who worked on that beautiful landscape will make me feel connected in a way I didn't before.

I do HVAC for a living.... my work is not always appreciated... but if there are no complaints, I know I've done good!! <g>

Thanks for sharing your pics!!

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Response to blaze (Reply #17)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:17 PM

20. Sadly

I didn't get any pics of the pump house that we got to see this trip.

The irrigation system is AMAZING! It's all underground and utilizes every drop of rain or runoff that hits the area. Underneath all of that grass is a new cistern system that can hold over 250,000 gallons of water.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:47 PM

25. Don't be sad obxhead!!!

I don't know irrigation for squat... remember... I'm HVAC....

but I totally love a system well integrated... computerized... from every angle

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Response to blaze (Reply #25)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:53 PM

26. It's the same thing

In a building I'm warm or cool because of the HVAC work so many have gone out of their way to hide.

There are massive tanks hidden under the lawn, and a truly impressive computerized pump station to run an everyday item, sprinklers, that nobody will ever appreciate. Without the system it all will flounder and die, but with it hidden and unseen so many will say, "what a wonderful lawn for us to play."

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Response to obxhead (Reply #26)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:49 PM

44. Know that your efforts are really appreciated!!!!

I have a clue what goes into all that.... and with that I extend a heart felt "Thank you!!!!"

My mom, sister and I went on an Alaskan cruise last year... I requested (and was granted) a tour through the mechanical system! I totally love all this stuff!!!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:13 PM

19. yay! now that's something for the family photo album! n/t

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:24 PM

21. Nice work, and in such a great place.

One of the most enjoyable jobs I ever had was as the greens keeper at a small golf course.

It was like farming with a guaranteed budget, and my crops did well. Hot and humid, lots of fairy ring and other stuff to prevent, and lots of study of grasses and horticulture. Never really cared much for chasing the little balls around, but it was the nicest little farm I ever had.

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:30 PM

23. That is my day to day job

we got called in for this specific job just because we had the equipment on hand. Haven't seen the fairy ring yet, but brown patch is a daily battle through the humid months, which is all of summer here in VA.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:54 PM

27. While watching a certain event on t.v. in January,

I will remember what you did. Thank you. This was very interesting.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:01 PM

29. Wow Obx

great work! Truely awesome pics!

When first I read your header thought you were offering PBO weed! LOL

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:03 PM

31. Help me get 25,000 signatures on this WhiteHouse.gov petition to change the system.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:14 PM

32. Obxhead, Thanks so much

for the photos... I Love DC and the Mall. ...did much work there the past few years and missed the grass

... You did good!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:15 PM

34. I was down there in November 2011

and it was all torn up...how is the reflecting pool looking? I have spent many a demonstrations on that lawn and thank you for the hard work of keeping it looking great.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:16 PM

35. Thank you, obxhead, for grooming our front yard!

Just think of how many feet have trod that Mall. It boggles the mind. I kind of look at this as a Christmas present from you to all of us activists who have blessed that ground so many times. Again, thank you for the photos and thanks to you & your fellow buddies who work on the grounds. You do such good work!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:16 PM

36. Thanks, obxhead! I do think you're mistaken about one thing...

...where you say "not many Americans have even seen the Capitol Building, the Mall, or the National Monument."

We used to live in Maryland and took many, many visitors to the Mall. It was the one thing we could reliably count on them asking to see. And every time we went, at just about any time of year, there were many thousands of visitors, wandering in and out of museums, up and down the monuments, etc. While many were visitors from other countries, most were always Americans. School groups, tour groups, individuals from all over.

If there's any part of America that more of us are likely to see during our lifetime, I'd say the Mall is it. It is our collective front yard, where we meet and greet and put on our best face and feel proud of our accomplishments.

So, thanks. Thanks VERY MUCH.

appreciatively,
Bright

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:00 PM

37. Yet another thing that went to hell under GW Bush... nice to see the mall repaired and flourishing!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:17 PM

38. I thought it was Washington State who'd legalised marijuana

not Washington DC.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 06:27 PM

39. I was down there the weekend of Halloween. It's nice to see it finished.

When I was there it was a dusty mess!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:04 PM

40. Good job!

You should be very proud!


After the bush/cheney regime I feel like this is "our" place again. And you have taken very good care of it.Thank you!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:14 PM

45. On a total long shot...

Last edited Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:17 PM - Edit history (1)

I sent a link to this thread to the White House!!!

I really want obxhead to receive the deserved creds!!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:52 PM

46. K&R! Loved the first one and this is even better!

Thank you for all your hard and impressive work! I will certainly think of you, with gratitude, the next time I'm in this beautiful and historic area...

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:17 PM

49. You guys did a great job.

I was in DC last July with my sisters and everything was torn up at the time, so it was a little disappointing. The final outcome looks fantastic! Well worth the overhaul...thank you for your service.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 12:21 PM

50. Thanks for beautifying my favorite place in the world.

A homesick citizen stuck in Pa.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 04:03 PM

51. Nice pics thanks for sharing obxhead

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:09 PM

52. God Bless our lawn

 

Here in the US we use more fertilizer for the lawn than for all the food we grow and eat; we also use more gasoline for the lawn than for all the food we grow and eat. Praise all the petrol $ going to Saudi/AlQueda that we may have lawn.

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Response to tomtharp (Reply #52)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:52 AM

56. You're right

I can sense the sarcasm in your post. It is a huge waste that will eventually change when it's too late to really help, but in this one case it was done correctly.

The watering system is all self contained and mostly self sustaining. It really is quite impressive and designed to utilize every bit of runoff and need little or no water from city resources to keep this grass green.

It really is amazing the resources we use to keep grass green, but there are some spots where it is appropriate. This happens to be one of those spots in my opinion.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:20 PM

53. It's just glorious. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:36 PM

54. Great job!

I was just there last weekend and was wondering why it was ripped up. It looks beautiful!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:36 AM

55. I was at the Mall a couple months ago

and it looked horrible. I was wondering what the plan was.

So thanks for posting the end result & for your part in the restoration.

I guess it's some tough grass to stand up to trampling.

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #55)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:55 AM

57. It is

I think that matting of some type will be laid on top of it Jan 20th to help protect it.

They are also keeping it fenced off until then to give it some extra time to mesh together.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #57)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:43 AM

58. whatever they can do to protect that expensive matting

I as a taxpayer am in favor of!

When I was there and saw the dirt and dead grass everywhere, I thought, "so this is what the tea baggers want America to look like....run down and abused and struggling."

Let's hope renewed grass equates to the grass being greener in general. I plan to be there Jan 20, so I'll tread lightly and think of you guys who laid it down.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:34 PM

59. Laying fresh sod in the early days of winter and expecting it to last through

the Inauguration? Global climate change sure must have warmed things up in DC, 'cause, as I remember from my long ago life up north, grass doesns't do too well after December...

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Response to 1monster (Reply #59)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:50 PM

60. Fall and early winter

are the only times you really want to lay sod or seed for that matter. Any other time of the year and it's a real fight to keep it alive.

It's cool here, but winter doesn't usually set in for our area until January. Highs are running low 50's with lows right about or just under freezing. We are still getting a day here and there in the low to mid 60's.

Laying the sod now, before the ground freezes allows everything to settle and bind together. Come spring when everything really starts growing again it will take off and thrive.

So when you see all the hardware store ads in spring telling you "it's time to seed!" ignore them. They don't care about your yard, they just want to sell shit. Seed (or sod) in the fall for next summer.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #60)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:04 AM

65. I live in Florida. We can lay sod anytime we want.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #65)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 05:34 PM

66. You're still better off doing it in fall/winter

it will have a far lower water demand.

I was born and raised in FL. I know all about the state

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:22 AM

61. A beautiful share!

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:27 AM

62. I've been on the Mall. I think it's gorgeous.

And I think anyone who does as good a job as you and your crewmates should be very proud.

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:13 AM

63. How many acres of grass

is in the great lawn?
One acre of hemp can produce as much usable fiber as 4 acres of trees or two acres of cotton.
Trees cut down to make paper take 50 to 500 years to grow, while hemp can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and can yield 4 times more paper over a 20 year period.

http://www.hempcar.org/hempfacts.shtml

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Response to obxhead (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:38 AM

64. San Augustine or some hybrid mix?

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Response to efhmc (Reply #64)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 05:37 PM

67. I'm sure it's a hybrid mix

Our area in VA, DC, MD is classified as one of the hardest areas in the country to grow grass. It has to cover a broad temp range from 0 to 100 degrees, and survive high humidity days in the summer.

So it's likely a hybrid mix of 3 to 5 different types of grasses. While one goes dormant during a certain condition, another will thrive and take over. Beyond that I couldn't tell you the exact strains that were grown for this project.

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