February 23rd

“Backyarding,” the new trend to move many indoor activities — from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation — to the great outdoors, is growing. Under pandemic conditions, yards and other managed landscapes became a safe haven for social gatherings, celebrating milestones/holidays, working, studying, playing, exercising, relaxing. “Your own backyard is nearly […]

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February 18th

According to a recent poll conducted for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, 94 percent of Canucks are turning to nature to relieve anxiety and stress during the pandemic. It’s a trend that is especially prevalent with women and young families. The study polled 2,000 Canadians. According to the survey results, three-fourths of Canadians say spending […]

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February 12th

“Backyarding” has become a way of life over the last year as homeowners have gotten really creative with ways to utilize their lawns, gardens, patios and decks. Case in point? “Yardi Gras” in New Orleans. Because of the pandemic, the traditional parades celebrating the annual festival have been scrapped. Instead, Mardi Gras has become the […]

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February 10th

During the pandemic, green spaces have become a source of resilience in the midst of restrictions on where and how we can gather, work and learn. In addition to turning to our own backyards to connect with one another and nature (a.k.a. “backyarding”), people are also utilizing parks more than before, according to a recent […]

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February 3rd

  Every February, Heart Month brings attention to the importance of cardiovascular health. Did you know spending time in nature – including your own family yard – is good for your heart? Here are just a few of the reasons why. A review of research published between 1976 and 2017 found consistent associations between greater […]

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February 1st

Over the last year we’ve all developed an even greater appreciation for our family yards as we used our own personal patches of nature to get away from our screens and connect with one another and nature. Dogs like Mo-Mo – whose favorite place is the family yard – have known it all along: there […]

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January 28th

According to the Childhood Obesity Foundation, it is estimated that over 150 million children in the world are obese. Even more sobering? That number is expected to increase to 206 million by the year 2025. Childhood obesity is associated with a number of serious health complications, including type 2 diabetes. A recent study  suggests that […]

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January 26th

Mutt Mulligan – a.k.a. Mo-Mo – knows that getting outside and smelling the fresh air is good for us. When you spend time in the natural space of your own yard, you are doing something good for your mind, body and spirit. This is especially true in the era of the pandemic. But did you […]

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January 19th

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Winter curb appeal checklist

Creating curb appeal is important in real estate and can increase the value of a home by as much as 17%. But it can be challenging to achieve great curb appeal in the cold weather months. Here is a checklist from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers […]

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January 14th

When the snow flies, your yard becomes a whole new landscape to enjoy. The value of our personal slice of nature – starting in our own backyards and public spaces – is more evident during the days of the pandemic than ever before. Yards are a canvas for connection and memory-making, are stress-relieving, and give […]

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