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

Less structured activities = better goal setting in kids, study says

Parents naturally want their children to be good at setting and attaining their goals. According to a new study, conducted by University of Colorado researchers, less-structured activities – such as playing outdoors – can help your kids be better at this than structured activities, like piano lessons. The study specifically examined the “executive functioning” of [...]

Want your daughter to be successful? Send her outside!

According to a recent study, girls with monthly exposure to the outdoors are better environmental stewards, better problem-solvers and seek out more challenges than their counterparts. The Girl Scout Research Institute conducted the study. TurfMutt thinks getting outdoors is good for all kids, and the great news is it doesn’t have to cost a thing [...]

On National Wildlife Day Turn Your Yard into a Wildlife Retreat

September 4th is National Wildlife Day, which serves to bring awareness to endangered animals across the globe. Did you know that no matter the size of your property you can create a space that attracts, feeds and shelters the local wildlife in your own backyard? Not only is this good for the animals and insects, [...]

Happy National Dog Day from TurfMutt

August 26th is National Dog Day, and TurfMutt wants to wish all of his four-legged friends out there a very happy day! One of TurfMutt’s favorite things to do is to get outdoors with his humans. Here are three tips for honoring your dog on National Dog Day by getting the whole family outside. Take [...]

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 [...]