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I’m TurfMutt, the Caped Crusader – Out to Save the Planet, One Yard at a Time.

Tips for dealing with storm damage to your yard

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” but they also sometimes bring severe weather that can damage your lawn, trees and landscaping. Here are a few tips** to help you deal with storm damage to your yard. If your yard was flooded you first need to let the lawn dry out, which could [...]

Connect with your neighbors through nature

Springtime has arrived, and it is ushering in warmer weather in many parts of the country. This means more people are getting out of their homes and into their yards, parks and green spaces. Here are a few ideas on how to collaborate with your community through your natural environment. Create a map of the [...]

School gardens help with STEM education

Community gardens in low-income elementary schools are helping children learn science, math, language arts and more. REAL School Gardens is a nonprofit organization that helps bring learning gardens to low-income elementary schools. The group has funded gardens in more than 90 schools in Texas. PEER Associates, Inc. conducted a three-year evaluation of the program. It [...]

Choose native plants for your climate & conserve resources

TurfMutt – protector of green spaces everywhere – has a message for those of us gearing up for spring planting: choose the right plants and grasses for your climate.   Plants and grasses that are indigenous to your climate will need less water and fertilization to survive. You can go to your local nursery or [...]

Use landscaping to control ticks & help prevent Lyme Disease

April is Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month, while May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium that is carried through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Symptoms typically include fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash. You can use your landscaping to help prevent Lyme disease by [...]

No foolin’ – getting outside is good for your health

It’s April Fool’s Day, which means you may get taken by a prank, joke or trick at some point today. But no foolin’,  getting outside is good for your health. Here are just a few ways being in the great outdoors can positively impact your well being. According to researchers at the University of Illinois [...]

Outdoor activity idea: build a rain barrel with your family

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” But did you know that you can help your garden, save other water sources, and help to eliminate runoff by collecting the rainwater in a rain barrel? April is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to plan this activity with your family! [...]

U.S. Dept. of Interior Announces Plan to Connect Youth to Great Outdoors

TurfMutt’s tail is wagging for joy over a new initiative launched by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). It is working to connect millions of young people to America’s great outdoors.   Under an order signed last week by DOI Secretary Sally Jewell, opportunities for nature-related recreation, education,  volunteer and career experiences will be [...]

Watch TurfMutt’s new video & Learn how to be a backyard superhero!

Small changes in your backyard can make a big difference to the planet. In his new video TurfMutt, protector of green spaces everywhere, explains three simple ways you can be a backyard superhero just like him.   Watch TurfMutt’s spring lawn care video to learn the easy steps you can take this spring to make [...]

4 ways to celebrate spring

Despite the readings on the thermometer, spring has officially arrived today. The first day of spring is a wonderful time to celebrate the great outdoors with your family. Here are just a few spring celebration ideas. What are yours? Share them in the comments section or post them to TurfMutt’s Facebook page. Plant something green! [...]