The healthier your lawn, the less susceptible it is to disease and pests, thus requiring less intervention on your part. By following a few rules for caring for your lawn, you will not have the need to use toxic chemicals to control it's problems: choose the correct grass for your area; mulch what you mow; water properly and fertilize naturally. Greenchoices.org has a guide to natural lawn care and the EPA offers a guide to GreenScaping.
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The Arlington Heights Park District and the Village of Arlington Heights will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 30 at Centennial Park (1209 Burr Oak Drive). A tree will be planted at the park during the event, and a special event sponsored by the J.W. Riley Elementary School SPIN Club will take place. Refreshments will be served at 9:30am, with the program beginning at 10am. For more information contact the Arlington Heights Park District at 847-577-3000 or visit: http://www2.ahpd.org/IBEX/IBEXBrochureAutomation.nsf/web/sp10.community.html?opendocument
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge) will have an electronics and appliances recycling program on Monday (April 26/6 a.m. – 6 p.m.) in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Dempster Street and Luther Lane. Most electronic equipment and appliances will be accepted. For large-panel TVs and larger appliances such as washer/dryers, call Donna Stellmach at 847/723-5946. For more information visit www.advocatehealth.com/luth .
Conscious Planet Media and Green Dot Environmental invite you to join in the Earth Day 5K run/walk event which takes place April 24. The 5K is followed by a Green Living Expo. Registration is required to run or walk in the 5K, but the Green Living Expo is free to attend. The Green Living Expo will be held at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Pavilion at 1301 N. Humboldt Boulevard. For more information about the 5K or the Green Living Expo, visit http://www.earthday5kchicago.com/info/
April 17-25, 2010 is National Park Week. The National Park Service has waived all enterance fees to allow visitors to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the parks for free. Saturday, April 24 is National Junior Ranger Day, with special activities for children and an opportunity to earn a junior ranger patch.
For more information on National Park Week visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/
For information on Illinois National Parks visit http://www.nps.gov/state/il/
On April 18th, from 1-5pm, help Chicago Kayak, the Illinois Paddling Council, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County,Northwest Passage, Erehwon and The North Face clean up the Skokie Lagoons. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County will provide gloves, garbage bags, and garbage collecting sticks for the event. If you have your own kayak or canoe, bring it with, but if you do not, there will be boats available on a first come, first serve basis. You can also elect not to participate by boat, and instead walk around the waters edge picking up trash. For more information visit http://chicagokayak.com
Did you know that this year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day? Why not join the Mount Prospect Park District at the Friendship Park Conservatory for their Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 24 from 1-3pm. The event features games, tours, presentations and kids crafts.
Are you looking for a local volunteer opportunity to help the environment? The Friendship Park Conservatory is conducting a "Clean Up The Parks" event on Saturday, April 24 (from 11am-3pm). Get a group together and help clean up your neighborhood park. For more information, contact the Friendship Park Conservatory at 847-298-3500.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has switched it's default printer font and asked faculty and staff to use Century Gothic. This font uses 30% less ink to print than the previous default font Arial. The university expects to save $5,000 to $10,000 a year on ink and toner cartridge expenses. Depending on how much you print, you could save up to $20.00 a year by changing to Century Gothic on your home computer/printer. See related news stories: Change your font and save $20 annually, Changing font can save you some green on ink, The right font can save you money.
Do you have electronics that you no longer use taking up space in your home? Why not recycle them? You can drop off electronics to be recycled at the Friendship Park Conservatory from 11am-3pm April 22-24. To see a detailed list of what items are accepted, visit http://www.mppd.org/sections/wh/pdfs/ECycleAccepted.pdf