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Answers for LessLawn Gardening and Ecology Quiz #2

Compare your answers to those shown in orange below.


1.   Vines use different methods to climb. Match each vine in the list below to its primary climbing method. Methods can be used by more than one vine.

Vines Climbing Methods

  • Climbing rose Leans
  • Hops Twines: sticky stems twine around skinny or thick supports
  • Clematis Twines: tendrils twine around skinny supports
  • English Ivy Self-clings
  • Morning Glory Twines: stems twine around skinny or thick supports
  • Climbing Hydrangea Self-clings

2.   Which of the following materials will lower the pH of soil, making it more acidic?
  1. Wood ash
  2. Lime gravel
  3. Pine needles
  4. Composted manure
  5. All of the above
  6. None of the above

3.   Which of the following design strategies can be used as an alternative to lawn in a shady area?
  1. Woodland
  2. Tea garden
  3. Stroll garden
  4. Patio
  5. All of the above -- click on each strategy to see a related LessLawn article
  6. None of the above


4.   Humans can use this common insect to gauge the outdoor air temperature:

  1. Stag beetle
  2. Snowy tree cricket (to estimate the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, count the number of chirps you hear in 14 seconds and add 40)
  3. Mosquito
  4. Bumblebee
  5. None of the above

5.   A spore is:
  1. A mushroom's means of reproduction
  2. An opening in a plant cell through which it takes up air, water, and nutrients
  3. A class of vine that parasitizes trees and shrubs
  4. A tool used to dig out taprooted plants such as dandelions
  5. None of the above

Bonus Question (for Extra Credit)

Match the common names and Latin names of these tree families. For each Latin name, write the corresponding common name:

Latin Names Common Names

  • Quercus Oak
  • Acer Maple
  • Betula Birch
  • Pinus Pine
  • Prunus Cherry


Now tally up your score. Give yourself a point for every vine you matched to the correct climbing method on question 1 and two points for every right answer on questions 2 through 6. In addition, give yourself a point for each of the bonus names of tree species that you matched correctly.

Out of 16 possible points (and 5 bonus points),

  • If you scored 13 or higher, consider yourself Attuned to Nature.

  • If you scored between 8 and 12, you have a Sound Grasp of Horticulture.

  • If you scored between 4 and 7, chances are you're Bucking Nature (and may be working harder than you need to in the garden).

  • Finally, a score below 4 is a sign that you could be Wreaking Ecological Havoc... you might have better luck next time if you check out a few of our helpful resources!

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