January 15th

When the days are short and the weather is dreary it can be tough to motivate your family to get off the couch and into nature. But getting outside can help cure winter blues, ensure exercise levels don’t dip lower than the temperatures themselves, and keep your kids interested in the green spaces around them […]

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January 9th

Cold temperatures have blanketed much of the country this week. Here are a few tips to help your outdoor plants survive the polar plunge. If ice has accumulated on your shrubs and tree limbs don’t shake the branches to knock it off because the branches are fragile and could break. If it is snow (but […]

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December 31st

It’s that time of year when we all make promises to ourselves to do better by making New Year’s resolutions. If your family resolution is improve your efforts at reducing, reusing and recycling, here are a few easy ways to get started. Set a calendar reminder. As with any resolution the key is to stick […]

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December 26th

If you’re planning to sell your home in the New Year, a study by Virginia Tech suggests upgrading your landscaping could increase your home’s value by as much as 12 percent. So what exactly constitutes “excellent” landscaping? According to the study, it’s all about design sophistication, plant size and the diversity of the types of […]

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December 17th

A recent study of nearly 3,000 parents and children by Eureka Children’s Museum in West Yorkshire (UK) found 81% of children prefer playing outside to watching TV. But half of the parents polled reported that they did not let their child leave their home or yard. Additionally, only 37% of those parents surveyed said they […]

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December 11th

Kids spend a lot of time “plugged in” to television, video games, computers, etc. But during this season of giving you have an opportunity to encourage the kids in your life to embrace, explore and take care of the green spaces around them with unique holiday gifts. All it takes is a little creativity on […]

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December 5th

Even during the holiday decorating season it’s possible to get your kids interested in the outdoor spaces around them. It just takes a little creativity to turn outdoor collectables into treasured holiday decor. Here are a few ideas. Gather bare branches to create a woodland scene in your home. Place the branches in a narrow […]

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November 25th

During this season of gratitude are you finding it hard to give thanks for the winter weather hitting much of the country already? If so, consider this. It turns out that for some plants there is an upside to early chilly temperatures. Temperatures that drift into the 30s early in the season can help “harden […]

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November 17th

Ready or not, here comes the snow! Here are a few tips to get your snow blower prepared to handle its winter chores. Replace the fuel filter. Inspect the blade, belts and other parts for wear. Replace as needed. Change the oil. Install a new spark plug, if needed. Clean off any dirt and grease […]

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