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Date Archive for February, 2012

Enter Your School Today to Win $5,000 – Time Running Out!

Only two more days until the end of the TurfMutt ‘Spruce Up Your School’ Sweepstakes.  Send this post to your school, PTO or teacher and urge them to enter for a chance to win a $5,000 grant to give their school’s play area an eco-friendly makeover. Two runners up will receive “Green Packs,” complete with [...]

Get a Head Start on Your Garden

No need to wait for spring to flex your green thumb.  This is a good time to consider starting seeds indoors. Make sure they still can get the right soil, amount of light and warmth they need.  And, you have to be carefull to give them just the right amout of water, too.  But, if [...]

The Reason Behind Leap Year

We have a special day coming up – February 29th - and it comes but once every four years. Why? Leap Year dates back to Julius Cesar whose calendar was the basis for the later Gregorian calendar we use to this day. The Gregorian calendar, like the Julian one, observes leap year every four years because the [...]

Pond Fondness

In part 3 of our “Green Ideas” Series, we wanted to talk about backyard ponds. Water can attract beautiful wildlife so why not consider a garden pond? As urbanization encroaches on natural waterways, adding water back into your yard can be a great way to feed water-dependent animals and beneficial insects.   And, who doesn’t like taking [...]

Ready for a Bird Count?

Are you itching to reach for your binoculars and look for as many birds as you can?  Well, you’re in luck. The 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held February 17-20, 2012. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a [...]

Look up High for Green

In part 2 of our “Green Ideas” Series, we wanted to talk about green on the rooftop. In many parts of the world, urban landscapes aren’t devoid of green at all. You might have to climb tall buildings like Superman to find them. But they are there, contributing to a significant cooling effect throughout the hotter [...]

Keeping a Landscape and Gardening Journal

Right about now you might be wishing you had been more fastidious about keeping a journal last year. As you flip through those cheery seed and plant catalogs, think back to what you wished you had had more of during the harvest season. More beans? More cucumbers? More flowers?  How about that empty corner that [...]

Origins of Groundhog Day

February 2 is Groundhog Day, but do you know the origins of Punxatawney Phil, that sage old burrow dweller who has prognosticated the length of winter every February 2 since the 19thcentury? It turns out it comes from German folklore. When German settlers came to Pennsylvania, they adopted their belief that if a badger or [...]