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Tick Repellent Has Glowing Reports

RESEARCH SHOWS ECOSMART PRODUCT IS SAFE, EFFECTIVE I scoff at poison ivy, or bee stings, or the other associated scratches and itches that come from a life outdoors. It’s part of it. And worth it. But Lyme Disease has struck fear into many of us living in the Northeast and, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m in that club. As someone who has practically preached the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle through g ...

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Lawn Games Dawn Gloriously in Northampton

[caption id="attachment_5160" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Children and the young at heart of all ages enjoyed a plethora of lawn games, including parachute, on the organic lawns at Look Park in Northampton, Mass."][/caption] Hundreds of people enjoyed flawless weather and acres of organic lawns Saturday at the first Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Lawn-A-Thon Festival made possible by a grant ...

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Baseball Fields Sprayed, Host Youth Games 30 Minutes Later

[caption id="attachment_5152" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="With the Keep off the Grass Sign evident in the foreground, a baseball game takes place Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. on a field that had been treated with synthetic toxic weed killers at approximately 4:30 p.m. (Sandy Syburg photo)"][/caption] It happens, undoubtedly, often and everywhere. Poisons are sprayed to kill weeds on sports fields, ...

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13 Essential Mowing Tips: First and Foremost, Keep the Blade Sharp, Set High

[caption id="attachment_5144" align="alignleft" width="471" caption="Mulching blades for mowers are tiered to cut each blade at least twice."][/caption] YOU CAN WATER IT TOO MUCH, or too little. You can fertilize too often, or let it go hungry. The absolute fastest way to screw up your lawn, however, has to do with the task you probably undertake most frequently: mowing. Right now, during peak mowing season ...

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Lawn-A-Thon Festival Set for Western Mass

[caption id="attachment_5139" align="alignleft" width="279" caption="Entertainer Dennis Caraher will be on hand to keep the kids smiling at the first Lawn-A-Thon Festival."][/caption] Ready, set . . . play and learn. The first Lawn-A-Thon festival, combining old-fashioned outdoor games from around the world, along with educational opportunities and family entertainment, is set for historic Look Memorial Par ...

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Boys & Girls Clubs, SafeLawns Find Common Ground

[caption id="attachment_5125" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="The popular Finnish game Molkky was a big hit with the crowd at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national convention in San Diego on Friday."][/caption] Calling the Boys & Girls Clubs of America attendees inspirational community leaders, SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey challenged the organization to help keep communities across the nation pe ...

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Boys & Girls Clubs Feature SafeLawns

[caption id="attachment_5120" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="These are four of the 14 stops we made during April to promote natural lawn care and healthy outdoor play. "][/caption] The SafeLawns spring 2012 tour makes a significant stop today, presenting to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national convention at the Grand Hyatt Convention Center in San Diego, Ca. Co-authors Victoria Rowell and Paul ...

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As Long as Little Girls Love Dandelions . . .

[caption id="attachment_5115" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This dandelion, bigger than my daughter from root to flower at the time, could feed a family of four."][/caption] Dandelions are a hot topic right now as April turns to May. The airways are positively alive with advertisements for how to kill the so-called weeds. Neighbors will go to war with other neighbors who dare allow the flowers to g ...

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May Day, A Poem

MAY DAY at PIPER SHORES The windows, we kept shut last night, to keep the toxic fumes outdoors. By morning, it is raining, as I set about some chores: Feed the birds — but they're not here... Cut some herbs — no, can't eat them... OK, walk to the beach to start the day, but signs on the grass say to stay away... So I head to the path, on down the lane, and in front of me lies the following scene: Yellow pel ...

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