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'KARL FOERSTER' ORNAMENTAL GRASS

If you're thinking of adding ornamental grasses to your landscape, then Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster,' is definitely worth considering. This feather reed grass has been chosen 2001 Perennial Plant of Year by the Perennial Plant Association. This grass is always a good starting point for people unfamiliar with ornamental grass.

'Karl Foerster' is usually the first ornamental grass to start showing new growth in the spring. Most ornamental grasses prefer a growing condition with the pH between 6-6.5. A slow-release fertilizer (i.e., 18-6-12 formulation) can be top-dressed or incorporated into the planting area to stimulate additional growth.

'Karl Foerster' has dark-green foliage and forms a purple inflorescence during May, holding its color for six weeks. The inflorescence begins to turn a straw color at the end of June. This color remains for the rest of the season.
No specific insect attacks 'Karl Foerster.' Rust can be a problem on foliage in the spring under cold, wet conditions, rarely causing defoliation under severe infestations. Once temperatures increase and excess moisture is eliminated, plants usually outgrow the disease. Rust can be controlled by cutting back the foliage.

Calamagrostis is one of the few grasses that can be used in nearly any landscape site. It is a very adaptable plant, tolerating nearly any soil type and moisture level. The plant reaches 4-7 feet in the landscape, but averages 5 feet in most locations. 'Karl Foerster' can be used by itself as a specimen plant, in groups of three to five plants or in mass as a screening plant. It can also be combined with perennials or conifers.

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EYE TEST

Just when you thought you've seen everything, you realize that the internet can also save you money by taking an online eye test. Why waste your valuable time going to the eye doctor when you can do it online.

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MOVIE MANIA

The Academy Awards brought a new awareness about movies to the general public. This site posts movie reviews "by the general public" and by the national newspapers and magazines. Don't miss the Tomatometer, an "easy to read" scoring of movies "on a scale of rotten to fresh."