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Date Archive for May, 2012

Keep Kids Active (and Learning) Over Summer

School is out shortly – if not already – for many of you.   After the initial thrill of unscheduled time and pool and fun in the sun, there comes a time when kids really crave learning over the summer.  You can mix learning and fun by checking out TurfMutt’s lessons on Butterflies, Discovering Dirt, Recycling, and Habitats [...]

Lawn Games for Summer

Summer is the time to get out and enjoy your lawn.  A new book arriving online and in bookstores is “Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games” by Paul Tukey and Victoria Rowell. There are how-to’s for such well-known games as kick the can, flag football and badminton, and games that may be less [...]

Some precautions when traveling with pets

According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 23 percent of pet owners are willing to travel with their dog for more than two nights – up from 21 percent in 2008, and 19 percent in 2006.   Are you on the road this Memorial Day?  Here are some tips from pet travel [...]

Mulch Choices Could Be Overwhelming

Mulch.  Seems like an easy decision to mulch plants to retain the moisture over the hot summer and keep down weeds.  But, there are many different kinds of mulch with a dizzying assortment of pros and cons. Why Mulch?   Mulch enriches the soil and increases soil microbes Mulch holds in moisture reducing watering requirements and [...]

Discovery Education and OPEI Award Two Runners Up in Spruce Up Your School Contest

The sweepstakes’ two runners up are Ms. Elizabeth Paz from Big Hollow Elementary School in Ingleside, Ill., and Ms. Trish Kubitza from Hallsburg Elementary School in Waco, Texas. Students in these two winning classrooms will receive TurfMutt-branded “Green Packs” that contain eco-friendly school supplies, including a backpack, lunch bag, colored pencils, a water bottle and [...]

TurfMutt Announces ‘Spruce Up Your School’ Sweepstakes Winner

Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced today the Grand Prize winner and two runners up of the ‘Spruce Up Your School’ sweepstakes. The national sweepstakes is part of the TurfMutt program, a dynamic digital curriculum designed to encourage kids to protect the environment around them and foster appreciation of green space [...]

Growing Your Garden with Fido in Mind

Did you know Easter lilies, hydrangeas and foxglove are toxic for animals? Planting a garden that is non-toxic for Fido and friends can be tricky. This list shows you what to watch for. Not every plant is included that your pet might be allergic to, so it is always best to consult your local veterinarian [...]

Enjoy a Tick-Free Summer

The Great Outdoors are full of adventure, learning opportunities and…ticks! A few things to remember when enjoying time outdoors: Ticks like humid, wet areas such as leaf piles, grassy and wooded areas. Keep to the center of trails on hikes. After each outing, shower soon after. Wear long sleeves, pants and hats. Remove any ticks [...]

Honey Bee Facts

Did you know that honeybees account for 80% of all insect pollination. Without such pollination, we would see a significant decrease in the yield of fruits and vegetables? As honeybee populations plummet, our yards can be important for them to find plenty of pollen. Here are some honeybee facts. And, a link to some family [...]

May: The Month for Lily of the Valley

May’s birth flower is the Lily of the Valley. With its deeply fragrant flowers — scallop-edge bells that dangle above bright, emerald-green leaves — this nearly deer-proof shade lover appears to be delicate in an old-fashioned way. But it is also known to spread readily and rapidly, and anyone who gardens in a small space will want [...]