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The Augusta Syndrome: 45 Years Later, Is Golf the Environment’s Worst Nightmare?

Few industries around the world can point to a single weekend as the date of their origin. Sure, lawn care has been around ever since kings ordered peasants to scythe their meadows for comfortable strolling, but in terms of the modern lawn care industry it really all began during the second weekend of April of 1967 — the first time the Masters golf tournament was broadcast live to America in full technicolor green. ...

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Nation’s Leading Landscape Experts To Convene in Chicago

Professionals and Homeowners Invited to 2-Day Symposium They are the major issues facing the lawn and garden industry on our continent today: How do you deal with fertilizer runoff from lawns? How can you safely save your trees in the face of exotic invasive insects? How can golf courses deliver championship conditions and still be environmentally friendly? [caption id="attachment_4900" align="alignleft" wi ...

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Consider Low Mow Grasses This Spring

COMPANIES MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE Pearls Premium, www.pearlspremium.com ECO-LAWN, www.wildflowerfarm.com High County Gardens, www.highcountrygardens.com With the calendar barreling toward spring, I’m like many people this time of year . . . dreaming about how to make my lawn and garden better. I waited too long last fall on a big seeding project, so I’ll be out there again as soon as this weekend in south ...

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Girl, 8, Steals the Lawn Games Show in Philly

[caption id="attachment_4882" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Victoria Rowell introduces 8-year-old Joanna Veneziale at the Philadelphia Flower Show Sunday. "][/caption] On the compact platform meant for expert potting and pruning demonstrations at the world's largest indoor botanical exhibition, an 8-year-old wasn't about to give up center stage Sunday at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. ...

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Final Preparation: College To Send Students Outdoors to Play

BOSTON, MASS. — On April 17, one of the last full days of classes for the spring semester at Boston's Northeastern University, administrators have come up with an old-fashioned way to help students decompress before final exams. Paul Tukey, author of Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games and founder of the Lawn Games for Life campaign, will offer a lecture and book signing in the university library at noon ...

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National Pesticide Forum Set to Convene in New Haven, Ct.

NOTE: SafeLawns members receive $10 off registration to this conference FROM BEYOND PESTICIDES With Members of Congress attempting to gut pesticide protections from the Clean Water Act and state legislators threatening to repeal Connecticut’s historic pesticide ban on school grounds, environmentalists from the Northeast and beyond are joining with researchers, authors, beekeepers, organic business leaders, ...

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Study Suggests Toxic Exposure Impacts Our Progeny

Here is a new study that suggests the environmental toxins we inhale, touch or ingest have the potential to harm not only our children, but also our grandkids, great great great grandkids: http://esciencenews.com/articles/2012/03/02/effects.environmental.toxicants.reach.down.through.generations ...

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Lawn Games For Life Debut Rousing at Philadelphia Flower Show

[caption id="attachment_4857" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Broad smiles and spontaneous laughter marked the debut of the Lawn Games for Life campaign presented for the first time by SafeLawns at the Philadelphia Flower Show on Monday night. These old-fashioned hoops (from Cooperman in Vermont) were a precursor to the plastic hula hoops that became popular in 1958. (Tony Cerveny photos)"][/caption] ...

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Fight is on to Save Connecticut’s Landmark Pesticide Bill

A group of community and health advocates and legislators will gather this Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m. to draw attention to a bill in the state legislature that would revoke Connecticut's 2005 law that restricts the applications of pesticides on school grounds. "Connecticut's landmark law banning the use of toxic pesticides on elementary and middle school fields in Connecticut is in danger of being elimina ...

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Send Your Children Outside to Play . . . on Safe Lawns

SafeLawns 2.0 officially begins today as we add the element of children's outdoor play to our "Lawn Games for LIfe" campaign. As a father of two daughters, ages 5 and 2, I'm a daily witness to their urge to nestle on the couch in front of the TV. I'm both concerned and proudly astounded by their dexterity on the iPhones and IPads. I feel it's my job to make sure they find a balance in their life that includ ...

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