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'Super Grass' to Reduce Methane Emissions From Belching Cows

Researchers say they're able to genetically modify the grass for easier digestion

(Newser) - The grass is about to get greener thanks to DNA technology out of Denmark. Researchers say they've genetically modified a "super grass" that is easier on cow's stomachs, thereby helping them digest the grass more easily and thus belch out less methane gas, reports the BBC . (No,... More »

Single Mom Thrown in Jail for Overgrown Lawn

Ebony Conner's 5 kids waited at their Illinois home while she cleared things up

(Newser) - An Illinois woman with five kids was arrested July 7 and briefly thrown in jail for an offense that the town of Cahokia obviously feels strongly about: not mowing her lawn, the Week reports. Single mom Ebony Conner tells KMOV she was verbally warned by a municipal code-enforcement officer back... More »

California Drought Fuels Boom in ... Lawn Painting

Dryness is bad for lawns, good for odd business

(Newser) - Just because you're dealing with dry weather doesn't mean your lawn can't be pretty. Companies in California tell the National Journal that the lawn-painting business is booming amid the state's worst recorded drought. Following the lead of golf courses and realtors, the businesses spread dye they... More »

Police Hunting Man Who Stole $4K Worth of Grass

Yes, you read that correctly

(Newser) - Austrian police are seeking witnesses to an unusual theft—of huge amounts of grass, mowed secretly from a farmer's field. According to a police statement, a farmer reported today that someone had come into his field, mowed it, and made off with the grass. The alleged theft occurred in... More »

Amid Drought, Homeowners 'Fix' Lawns With ... Paint

Using green dye on brown grass is catching on, says AP

(Newser) - Is your lawn wilting into a brown wasteland because of the drought? Consider a paint job. That's the solution many are relying on to give their dead yards the look of blooming green life as the worst drought in decades parches a huge expanse of the US. One New... More »

Home Intruder Orders Woman to Cut Her Grass

But 'intruder' turns out to be overzealous Georgia county employee

(Newser) - When it comes to victims of home invasion, you could do a lot worse than Erica Masters. The Georgia woman says she woke up one morning to find a man standing in her bedroom's doorway—to rebuke her for neglecting her lawn. "I didn't have my glasses... More »

Aussie Bridge Has a Cow, Man

Sydney Harbour span picnic features livestock, hectare of real turf

(Newser) - Australians will get up close and personal with their breakfast on Sunday when 15 cows and a football field’s worth of turf take over the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a picnic. The cows and grass are part of “Breakfast on the Bridge,” an event that showcases regional... More »

No Kidding: Goats Mow Google Lawns

(Newser) - Google has hired 200 low-carbon goats to graze away dry fire-hazard brush at its Northern California campus, taking a bite out of two environmental threats at once, reports CNET. "The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie,” says a Google official. “It costs... More »

Ballpark Grass Is Artful Work

Red Sox groundskeeper pioneered growing trend in baseball aesthetics

(Newser) - Amid the pageantry sure to accompany tomorrow’s opening of the Major League Baseball playoffs, the increasingly intricate patterns mown into stadium grass is sure to catch fans’ eyes. Red Sox groundskeeper David Mellor pioneered the technique as an assistant in Milwaukee in 1993, the New York Times reports, and... More »

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