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The Color Of Leaves: Why They Change Their Clothes In The Autumn

Leaves in the spring and summer are mostly a pretty uniform green color. For that, you can thank the chemical compound known as chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is responsible for the process of photosynthesis, which takes sunlight and converts it into the sugars needed to sustain the tree. There are a variety of other chemical compounds, with characteristic colors other than green, always present in the leaves; however, the green chlorophyll dominates and masks your ability to see them.

Cause of Childhood Fears Can Be Elusive

Fear is a common reaction and may have a simple explanation. But some fears -- especially in children -- are complex, and the reasons are not always obvious. Children often fear dogs, the dark, school and costumed characters such as clowns or Santa Claus or even Mr. Peanut. Halloween can be a particularly frightening time for some children. “Children think that if it can happen, it will,” according to Joseph Crowley, Ph. D., a clinical child psychologist in Richmond. “They think differently than adults so they react differently.”

The Science Behind Sustainable Lawn Care

Who doesn’t like the look or feel of a freshly mowed, thick lawn? Some feel that in order to achieve the athletic field look there must be gallons of water, tons of fertilizer and several bottles of pesticide used. In some lawns, the answer is yes, but in most cases no. You can achieve the desired green look by following similar techniques used on college campuses, athletic fields and golf courses without using products in excess. Planning is the key to success in lawn care.

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