02/20/16-Host Casey Hentges shows viewers how to divide ornamental grasses.
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Minecraft seagrass farm tutorial made in Minecraft Java 1.13. Enjoy! My links: ● Donate (it helps!): https://www.paypal.me/stormfrenzy/10 ● Subscribe: http://goo.gl/PhNO9O ● Twitter: https://twitter.com/stormfrenzy ● Website: http://stormfrenzy.com Music: Shuniji by C418 https://c418.org Thanks for watching. Stay awesome :).
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Seagrass have the potential to make a huge positive impact on our environment. Check out this video to learn more! Song: Animal Wisdom by The Brian Jonestown Massacre Sources: 00:00 The Smithsonian | Seagrass and Seagrass Beds https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/plants-algae/seagrass-and-seagrass-beds and Yale Environment 360 | How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification https://e360.yale.edu/features/kelp_seagrass_slow_ocean_acidification_netarts 00:46 Growing Air Foundation | Tree and Rain Forest Facts http://www.growingairfoundation.org/
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Those ornamental grasses look great in Charleston gardens in the spring and summer, but they need a pruning after being attacked by the cold weather. Jim Martin gives some tips for quick trimming and easy cleanup. If you like this video, consider a donation to the Conservancy to support more projects like this. https://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/donate/
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Ornamental grasses are an easy way to add color and interest to your garden landscape. Watch as Better Homes and Gardens shares facts and planting tips about ornamental grass! Most ornamental grasses are easy to grow. Switch grass features cloud-like seed heads and tolerates many growing conditions. Maiden grass is popular for its thin leaf blades and graceful arching texture. Fountain grass is a shorter type of ornamental grass that features fuzzy seed heads that attract birds and look like caterpillars. Feather reed grass stands straight up and features wheat-like seed heads. If you're looking for an ornamental grass for shade, plant Japanese forest grass. Keep these types in mind when picking out the perfect ornamental grass for your landscape! Subscribe to the BHG Channel -- http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=bhg Official Website: http://www.bhg.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mybhg Twitter: http://twitter.com/bhg Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bhg/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/betterhomesandgardens#
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Here is a quick step by step guide on making homemade static grass tufts. These work great when placing them on your layout and add those fine details the make a railroad truly come to life. They are very easy to make, you can make hundreds of tufts in just minutes once you’re set up! The grass tuft I demonstrate are best suited to HO scale, however the method can easily be adapted to any other modelling scale. Stay tunes for more videos to come in the near future and as always if you haven’t already but please subscribe, like or comment. It keeps me motivated to know my videos are reaching the people who really want to watch them. If you’re curious I used a Panasonic Lumix G6 to film this video and used a Lumix 14 – 42mm lens as well as an Olympus 40 – 150mm lens. For the extreme close ups I used the Raynox DCR-250 adaptor paired with the Olympus lens. Happy Railroading Cheers, Luke.
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Hedge Trimmer: http://amzn.to/2pe8ENd Watch as Catherine Moravec, Horticulturist for Colorado Yard Care, demonstrates the best two methods for cutting back ornamental grasses in spring. She covers hand pruning vs. using hedge trimmers. She also shows how high to cut them back. Visit http://www.coloradoyardcare.com for more handy yard care tips.
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How to Draw a Sea Plant Step by Step. Part of the series: How to Draw Nature. How you will draw a sea plant depends entirely on what type of sea plant you're trying to draw. Draw a sea plant step-by-step with help from an artist in this free video clip. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/video_12180946_draw-sea-plant-step-step.html
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120x50x50 cm (300l) Step-by-Step with Seiryu Stone, Elos Terra, Amazonia Soil Powder and two plants: Eleocharis sp. mini. and Hemianthus Micranthemoides Video from day 98 with sp. trimming using a ADA scissor. Music from Mark Neil - Talk Me Down - under Creative Commons Licence.
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They are an ancient species of flowering plants that grow submerged in all of the world’s oceans. Seagrasses link offshore coral reefs with coastal mangrove forests. Today, these “prairies of the sea,” along with mangroves, are on the decline globally. Scientists fear the diminishing vegetation could result in an ecosystem collapse from the bottom of the food chain all the way to the top. Changing Seas joins experts in the field as they work to restore Florida’s important mangroves and seagrasses. Known as “hotspots of biodiversity,” seagrasses and mangroves attract and support a variety of marine life. However, worldwide damage and removal of these plants continue at a rapid pace. Changing Seas travels along Florida’s coastline to get a better understanding of the significant roles mangroves and seagrasses play within the state. Can biologists prevent a negative ripple-effect throughout the marine food web before it’s too late? How will rising sea levels impact these plants as well at the communities that depend on them? Learn more at www.changingseas.tv or facebook.com/changingseas
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How to easily cut and remove TALL ornamental grass plants in preparation for winter using only a short rope and a hand saw. I've considered burning the remnants at the base, assuming the accumulation would hinder growth, but this is year three, and so far, spring growth is strong!
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Divers swim over the lush under water vegetation near Port Mouton Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. The tall lush eel grass is a sign of a healthy aquatic habitat - one that can support many forms of marine life. Video by: Woods-Symington
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Brian and Christopher from Alwerdts Gardens in Altamont, IL answer one of the most frequently asked questions, "how to split ornamental grasses?" Alwerdts Gardens is a unique, Destination Garden Center established in 1988, located just south of Altamont, IL. www.alwerdtsgardens.com (618) 483-5798
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You dive down into a undersea meadow. Surrounded by blades of seagrass up to a meter tall, you begin to notice the abundant life all around. Schools of baby fish hide within the grassy maze as emerald sea slugs graze algae off the blades. Seagrass is an ocean-dwelling flowering plant, which provides a home for countless creatures. But these habitats are threatened around the world. Hakai Institute researchers are mapping the seagrass meadows and cataloging their biodiversity to establish a baseline understanding of seagrass habitats along the Central Coast of British Columbia and how these seagrass meadows are changing over time. www.hakai.org Producer - Jimmy Thomson Editor - Meigan Henry Camera - Grant Callegari Drone Footage - Luba Reshitnyk Interviews with Mary O'Connor and Margot Hessing-Lewis
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Sharks are known to be carnivores, but there is one hammerhead-type shark that surprisingly also eats plants. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Researchers discovered that bonnethead sharks feed on seagrass along with their traditional carnivorous diets of crustaceans and small fish. It's a mystery why the bonnetheads eat plants but the answers may lie in their digestive system. If they’re getting enough nutritional value from the grass, they might actually be omnivores. Read "This Shark Eats Grass, And No One Knows Why." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/bonnethead-sharks-eat-seagrass/ Plant-Eating Sharks Actually Exist? | National Geographic https://youtu.be/xVUUYfq8itw National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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This was a bit of a change of pace! We set off to locate the oldest fossils in Florida, very rare 50 million year old fossil seagrasses inside rocks. This was our first attempt at locating these fossils and splitting open rocks to find them. We will be back for sure! SUBSCRIBE HERE: https://paleocris.com/subscribe To help support the channel, check out: https://paleocris.com/shop Check out Kyle's channel: https://www.youtube.com/wildkyle
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KAUST Professor Carlos Duarte discusses how the seagrass Zostera marina adapted to colonize the sea, the largest habitat on Earth. Duarte's research team sequenced the seagrass genome and found eight major changes to the genome were required to achieve the 'major milestone' in plant evolution of going back into the ocean, including adapting to this saltwater environment. The research study's implications are important for future food production and food security, as learning about Z. marina's adaptations may pave the way to understanding how other crop plants such as rice can adapt to growing in saltwater environments. For more information see: https://discovery.kaust.edu.sa/en/article/193/ready-for-the-high-seas- Corresponding Paper: The genome of the seagrass Zostera marina reveals angiosperm adaptation to the sea - http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v530/n7590/abs/nature16548.html
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A disappearing reef that only re-emerges at low tide is home to Singapore's largest seagrass meadow. P.S. Seagrass is not the same as seaweed hor! For more information Team Seagrass, go to https://teamseagrass.blogspot.com/ SUBSCRIBE TO US! https://bit.ly/OGSYouTube This video is part of our Neighbours series. We walk past them every day, not realising that even the most ordinary of people have extraordinary stories to tell. Hear them speak. Find #OurGrandfatherStory everywhere! https://instagram.com/ourgrandfatherstory https://fb.com/ourgrandfatherstory/ https://fb.com/groups/ourlittlekampong/ For media releases, events and invites: [email protected] For business enquiries: [email protected]
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Using beach grass, seaweed, washing soda, and glue to make sheets of paper that can be used for writing or printing.
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Best offers for your Gardening & Lawn Care ideas https://amzn.to/2InnD0w --------------- Types of Seagrass. Seagrass is a vital part of the ecosystem. It provides homes and food for many marine animals and waterfowl. Seagrass rhizomes---which resemble bulbs and from which the plants and roots grow---and roots bind sediments on the ocean floor. The leaves slow down the water flow, which in turn increases the amount of light reaching... Table of contents Types of Seagrass Eelgrass 00:42 Turtle Grass 01:27 Widgeon Grass 01:54 Shoal Grass 02:33 Manatee Grass 03:08 ----------------- If you would like to know how to help deaf people realize their potential in the world visit Global - https://wfdeaf.org/ United States - https://nad.org/ United Kingdom - https://bda.org.uk/ Australia - https://deafaustralia.org.au/
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Seagrasses form an ancient and magical underwater garden as old as the dinosaurs. These submerged flowering plants evolved from land plants about 100 million years ago and they have adapted to sea life. This feature highlights the tremendous importance of these under appreciated coastal resources, to man and the environment as well as threats and management measures as they pertain to the Caribbean.
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To celebrate World Environment Day (June 5th) representatives of more than a dozen embassies and international organizations joined the State Department to plant underwater seagrass in the Potomac River. Diplomats say their participation in “green diplomacy” is to help raise awareness of the challenges of clean water here at at home. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching reports. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/3888636.html
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In this episode of growing wisdom Dave shows off some of his ornamental grasses. Including: Hakone Grass, Elijah Blue Fescue, Zebra Grass, Feather Reed Grass, Northern Sea Oats & Dune Grass. If you are looking for the right ornamental grass this video will give you an overview of many types of grasses and show some of the differences between them. You will learn how to care for grasses and what makes each one unique.
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Seaweed can be collected from beaches where it has been washed up and it is great for gardens - full of nutrients that help plants to grow, seaweed can be coiled around plant as a mulch, chopped up and added to beds as a soil conditioner or rotted down in a container to make a liquid feed that is great for many fruit and vegetable plants.
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paint bushes- painting Plants with a fan brush-Try It Now! VERY EASY Acrylic Lesson The fan brush I use: http://amzn.to/OBnwCw My website: http://www.Overnightartist.com This is Part 4/7 of a beautiful seascape painting If you want to watch all series in 1 short videa watch: "Acrylic Lesson Online - How To Paint A Picture With Acrylic" To watch all 7 videos of this painting Here are the titles: Paint a sky with acrylic 1/7 Acrylic paint clouds 2/7 Acrylic paint water 3/7 Paint bushes - how to paint with a fan brush 4/7 Acrylic paint rocks 5/7 Acrylic paint grass 6/7 Acrylic paint trees 7/7 Real Easy and clear lessons
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Marram Grass is the pioneer plant on a beach. It is a tough plant that is able to endure the harsh conditions of a freshwater shoreline. It is commonly used to restore dunes because of its ability to capture blowing sand and stabilize a dune. This video describes how to properly harvest and plant Marram Grass.
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Chenae Tuckett and Matthew Fraser are postgraduate students at UWA School of Plant Biology. Chenae's research is "High latitude coral ecology" and Matthew's research is "Organic phosphorus cycling in seagrass meadows". To see more PG student videos, go to http://www.plants.uwa.edu.au/research/videos Plant Biology school website - http://www.plants.uwa.edu.au
Florida's Big Bend is home to the second-largest contiguous seagrass habitat in North America, making it a vital resource not only for the state, but also for the nation and the world. These seagrass beds support Florida's multibillion-dollar recreational and commercial fishing industries by providing habitat for everything from bay scallops to grouper. Seagrasses also represent an important food resource for endangered green sea turtles and manatees, and they generate oxygen, dampen wave energy, stabilize sediments to reduce shoreline erosion, sequester carbon and enhance water clarity. In sum, seagrasses are essential to the integrity, health and value of the state's estuarine and nearshore coastal ecosystems. Unfortunately, seagrasses are also among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Around the globe, seagrass beds have disappeared at the alarming rate of about 100 square kilometers per year since the 1980s. University of Florida ecologist Tom Frazer has led seagrass research on the Big Bend and Florida's Gulf Coast for the last 15 years. A vital base for this work is Project COAST (Coastal Assessment Team), with its network of fixed sampling stations and monitoring of water quality factors, especially nutrients and planktonic algae. From 2010 through 2012, Project COAST will be augmented with a study more specifically characterizing the species composition of seagrass communities and assessing their ecological performance. "Seagrasses are relatively light-hungry organisms," Frazer says. "When excess nutrients cause excessive algal growth, less light reaches the seagrass, and it suffers and declines." Because of his long-term research on seagrasses, Frazer was well-positioned to expand ongoing studies — with additional funding from Florida Sea Grant's Rapid Response Program — and begin documenting changes following the spill. All of this work is important, Frazer says, because once damaged, seagrass beds don't recover readily. "If you lose seagrasses, they can take decades to recover," he said. "If we can predict or garner an early warning of a decline in (seagrass) performance before there's a collapse, we'll be in a better position to do something about it."
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It's a natural process. In the summer, seagrasses slough off old shoots and grow new ones. The sloughed off grass lands along the coastline, and inevitably, in salt marshes. The plants it lands on get killed. But, as is usually the case in nature, there is another side to this transaction. Dr. Randall Hughes and her crew weigh the benefits of seagrass wrack- the providing of nutrients, habitat, and opportunity for new growth- versus its destructive aspect. Learn more about Randall's experiment on the effects of seagrass wrack in the marsh: http://blog.wfsu.org/blog-coastal-health/?p=7076 Music in the video by Philippe Mangold.
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