Find a good location for the study
1. Select three study areas: shaded, partly-shaded, and un-shaded. Other than the amount of sun available to the plots, they should be as uniform as possible with respect to vegetation type, vegetation density, soil moisture, soil composition, etc.
2. Lay down one quadrant in each of the above areas. (Multiple replicates for each area can be used if the resources are available.)
Prepare the plots
1. Using shears or scissors prune and weigh the grass sprouts inside the quadrant. (A drying oven can be used for better accuracy.)
2. Mark the 4 corners of each quadrant with pegs.
Collect the data
1. After 5 days, replace the PVC quadrants using the mark pegs as guides.
2. Prune, at about the same level as the first pruning, and weigh the new grass sprouts.
Analyze the data
1. Determine which area had the fastest increase in biomass through the course of the study. This data can be graphed.
2. Discuss what could have lead to the differences in rates of mass.