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Date Archive for August, 2012

Hand Washing How-tos for a Healthy Back to School

Most kids are either back in school or heading there soon. There are many perks to getting back into the classroom, but the shared germs that come with the territory is not one of them.  Not to mention, hand washing is important when you come in from the outdoors.   Poison oak, poison ivy and other [...]

Tips for Going Green this Labor Day

Labor Day weekend – the unofficial end to summer – is a great time to enjoy a backyard barbeque, take a road trip or simply relax at home and enjoy the extra day off. It’s also a good time to go green. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make this Labor [...]

Aug. 26 is National Dog Day

This Sunday grab your furry, four-legged friend and wish him or her a happy National Dog Day. It’s a holiday to remind people of the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year – just like TurfMutt was! It’s also a time to acknowledge the work that dogs do every day to save [...]

“Not Enough Exercise” #1 Health Problem for U.S. Children, According to New Poll

According to a University of Michigan national poll on children’s health, the number one issue facing kids in the U.S. is a lack of exercise. Respondents ranked the related issue of childhood obesity as the second biggest health concern. The poll has been conducted for the last seven years, and this first time that the [...]

Enviro Friendly Tips for Back to School

Back-to-school time is the perfect opportunity to teach your family about the ABC’s of reduce, reuse and recycle. Here are just a few eco friendly tips to keep in mind before the morning bell rings on the first day of class. Reuse last year’s still-good school supplies instead of buying new. If you need new [...]

West Nile Virus Cases Skyrocket Despite Drought – Tips for Protecting Your Family

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just announced that 693 people have contracted West Nile virus so far this year. That’s the highest number of cases since the virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. More than 80 percent of the cases have been reported from six states – Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, [...]

Tips for Controlling Crabgrass, Naturally

Crabgrass is a common summertime weed that can make homeowners, well…crabby! Crabgrass typically begins to flower and seed in July and dies with the first frost of fall. But what’s the best way to control crabgrass during these in-between months? Here are a few tips: The first line of attack is to have healthy green [...]

The ABC’s of Back to School…for Your Dog

Summer is winding down and back-to-school days are right around the corner. While you may be looking forward to getting the kids out of the house and back on a routine, it could be a different story for your dog. TurfMutt offers these tips for helping the four-legged members of your family get to the [...]

Happy National S’mores Day!

Today is National S’mores Day. And, what would s’mores be without an outdoor area or backyard in which to grill up this gooey goodie? In honor of this all-American treat, TurfMutt dug up some fun facts about the scrumptious s’more. A traditional s’more consists of a roasted marshmallow (debate rules about how toasty to get [...]

The Eyes Have It: British Researchers Discover Another Reason to Play Outdoors

British researchers have discovered yet another reason for children to play outdoors. According to a recent study by Bristol University, there is a link between playing outdoors and a lower risk of myopia or nearsightedness (the inability to see far-away objects clearly). Researchers found that eight and nine year old children who played outdoors had [...]