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

Squeeze a little more outdoor time into the final days of summer

If it hasn’t already, the school bell will soon be ringing, calling kids back to the classroom. Even if school is already in session for your children, the longer days of summer mean there’s still plenty of daylight even after class is dismissed to take advantage of the great outdoors before the seasons change. Here [...]

Mulch to conserve water – it’s not too late!

Combine the dog days of summer with the drought that many areas of the country are experiencing, and it’s easy to understand why water conservation is an important issue for many. Mulching helps conserve water by reducing evaporation and runoff, while keeping roots cool and plants growing. If mulching has evaded your to-do list so [...]

Now’s the time to start planning your fall garden

You may think that “late summer” and “gardening” don’t exactly go together. But now is actually the perfect time to plant a number of fall vegetables (think kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and more!) and spring-flowering bulbs to enjoy in the months to come. Gardening is a great family activity since it helps teach your kids [...]

Study shows kids who spend time outdoors after school are more physically fit. Share your tips!

  Believe it or not, in some areas of the country back-to-school season is just around the corner. According to a new study, parents should schedule more outdoor time for their children after school this year to help them to be more physically fit. Researchers followed 306 Canadian children between the ages of nine and [...]

Lawn mower safety tips

It’s typical at around this time for summer lawn care chores to get a little monotonous. But don’t let that mean that your focus on safety slips! Remember these tips to keep yourself – and your family – safe this summer. Dress properly for the job, wearing substantial shoes, long pants and close-fitting clothes. Clean [...]

Consumers want “green” outdoor spaces, survey shows

If sustainability impacts your landscaping investment decisions, you are not alone. According to the 2014 Residential Landscape Architects Trends Survey, conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, consumers want gardens, landscaping and outdoor living spaces that are sustainable and environmentally conscious. The survey, which polled landscape architects specializing in residential design, also showed that [...]

Lawn care tips for wet weather

Many areas of the country are experiencing wet weather, making lawn care difficult. When there’s too much water, oxygen is forced out of the soil and the roots die. Here are some wet weather lawn care tips from TurfMutt. Allow the soil to dry. Walking on wet soils can compact it, leading to a bumpy [...]

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

The July Fourth holiday is a great opportunity to spend time in your backyard with your entire family – including Fido. But TurfMutt encourages you to keep these pet safety tips in mind for your Independence Day celebration. Do not apply sunscreen or insect repellent to a pet that is not specifically intended for animals. [...]

Birdwatch with your kids this summer

When most kids hear “tweet” they think of the social media platform Twitter. But backyard birds can be a good lure for getting your children away from their mobile devices, television sets and computers this summer and into nature! Birds are not only beautiful to look at, they also help boost tree growth by removing [...]

Article: “Proof Going Outside Makes You Healthier”

TurfMutt has shared a lot of good information and scientific evidence over the years that getting outdoors – even into your own backyard – is good for your health. (For an example read this story). Recently, the Huffington Post published a story examining the top health benefits of getting outdoors this summer that backs up [...]