Monday, May 6, 2013
Here are some tips from the professionals and a list of local resources to help your lawn grow without harmful chemicals.
If you want to have a lawn that is easier to take care of, safe to play on and beautiful to look at, then follow these tips from the pros this spring. Ditch The Chemicals Since 1994 Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and founder of SafeLawns, has helped homeowners get beautiful lawns without harmful chemicals. Tukey became a leader in the natural lawn care industry after becoming sick himself from excessive exposure to pesticides. Tukey says in addition to keeping pets and children safer, “organic lawn care also conserves resources, saves money and ultimately saves time.” Start with the Soil Your first step to a beautiful lawn is a soil test, says Tukey. “Get a soil test and check the most important three factors: Organic …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Third-graders at the school helped out with landscaping, built bird feeders and got some science lessons.
Third grade students at Odenton Elementary School celebrated Earth Day Friday, getting their hands dirty with projects ranging from laying mulch to learning about tadpoles. About 65 students were outside at five stations as they helped clean the school gardens, upgraded flower beds and installed new plants. They also made wild bird feeders and learned about how animals can metamorphosize. The Earth Day sessions were the latest in the school's efforts to obtain Green School certification. Check out the photos in the gallery, and feel free add your own Earth Day pictures.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The refuge will be celebrating its 77th birthday next week.
For years, the only thing I knew about the Patuxent Research Refuge was that its location made it harder to get from Odenton to visit my friends in Greenbelt. It's a big open place—more than 12,000 acres—located in the middle of a heavily-trafficked area. But I recently came to realize that it's a very special place to have nearby. The refuge, run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is just a stone's throw from Odenton but offers some great programs and events for residents to check out. I took my son to their open house last year and enjoyed a tram ride and learned quite a bit about the wildlife as well as the history of the area. (Did you know, for instance, that the park has the original telegraph poles used to transmit messages …