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Chic Floors

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Problems that can lead to lawn damage Design a garden

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Social Media Editor Madi Wheeler Graphics Photography Mike Reeves Audree Garcia, Kellie Cataldo Publisher Neighborhood Publications

Spring cleaning is a ritual that many people participate in as the last vestiges of winter disappear. Spring cleaning is a time to open windows, deep clean rooms, closets and even take down old window treatments and replace them with shutters! Others use spring cleaning as a time to sort and donate or discard clutter that might have accumulated over the winter. Do it now while the weather is still coolish. Spring-Klein Magazine has all of your spring cleaning tips and tricks to get you off to a new and fresh start! “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” – Marie Kondo Thank you, Leanne Donelson Neighborhood Publications DISCLAIMER: All articles, information, website addresses and cartoons in this publication express the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Neighborhood Publications LLC or its employees.  Neighborhood Publications LLC is not responsible for the accuracy of any facts stated in articles, information website address and cartoons submitted by others. The Publisher Neighborhood Publications also assumes no responsibility for the advertising content with this publication and ad warranties, representations and endorsements made in the advertising content are solely that of the advertiser and any such claims regarding it’s content should be taken up with the advertiser. Neighborhood Publications LLC disclaims and denies any and all liability, therefore The publisher Neighborhood Publications LLC assumes no liability with regard to its advertisers for misprints or failure to place advertising in this publication except for the actual cost of such advertising. Although every effort is taken to avoid mistakes and /or misprints in this publication, the publisher assumes no responsibility for any errors of information or typographical mistakes. Under no circumstances shall the publisher be held liable for incidental or consequential damages, inconvenience, loss of business or services, or any other liabilities from failure to publish, or from failure to publish on a timely manner. This is not an official publication of your particular subdivision, (although we print more interesting information and take better photos) and your particular subdivision does not endorse, affiliate or associate itself or its affiliates with this publication. Neighborhood Publications and it’s Associate Publications/Business Interest, whether business or person, do not accept any assumed benefit of the QR Bar Code Readers/Bar Codes, etc. published in any of the Neighborhood Publications or it’s affiliate publications whether in print or electronic. The publisher is not liable for ANY DAMAGES for failure of the Post Office to deliver the magazine in a timely manner, so long as the publisher has delivered the magazine to said delivery point by the contracted date. All articles and photos in this publication are copyrighted. PUBLISHED BY: Neighborhood Publications, 9337 Spring Cypress Road, Suite 205, Spring, Texas 77379.

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TABLE

of CONTENTS

6 Problems that can lead to lawn damage 8 Stay safe when landscaping 10 Irish Dance Classes High Steps Into Spring Klein 12 How to keep animals out of your garden 14 Composite decking can be a smart choice 16 RESTAURANT REVIEW Pasta e Pesto 18 Design a garden for all seasons 20 CHIC FLOORS The Good, The Bad & The Sturdy 22 Stay safe when gardening in hot weather 23 Avoid aches and pains when gardening 24 Treating lawns during drought or dry spells 25 Paddle and Pedal Festival Makes Its Debut 26 What You Drill Becomes Automatic 27 Recognizing and addressing grub infestations 28 Tips for novice composters 29 Items to avoid when composting 32 Helpful and harmful insects 34 Post winter garden prep 36 Create a safe and enjoyable backyard play area 38 National Youth Theater to Perform Musical, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR.

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Problems that can lead to lawn damage Running the mower in the same pattern over and over can cause ruts in the grass that lead to damage.

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beautiful lawn is a goal for many homeowners. Some homeowners may find that lovely lawns may last momentarily, only to disappear when damage – be it pest-, weather- or child-related – sets in. While well-established turf can be resilient, even the most well-maintained lawns can be vulnerable. Preventing lawn damage first involves getting to the root of the problem. LACK OF SUNLIGHT: All plants need the proper ratio of sunlight to grow. Too much sunlight and plant blades can scorch. Too little sunlight and grass may turn brown and die. Although there are shade-tolerant varieties of grass, homeowners also can explore alternative landscapes. Work in a garden bed or create a design that utilizes gravel or mulch. Avoid aggressively pruning back trees to give the lawn more sunlight in that area, as this may just damage the trees. CHEMICAL SPILLS: Gasoline and fertilizer spills and pesticide appli-

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cations in high concentrations can cause the lawn to yellow or brown in spots. Carefully refill lawn gas tanks and fertilizer spreaders on the sidewalk or driveway to avoid overflow onto the lawn. If spills occur, flood the area promptly with water to dilute. FOOT TRAFFIC: Lawns can take a pounding from foot traffic, leading to compaction and spots of dead lawn. Try to redirect the traffic elsewhere to give worn down areas a break. Aeration can relieve soil compaction. If a certain area has become the de facto pathway, install a paver, gravel or concrete walkway in that spot. DEBRIS: Leaving a tool, kids’ toys, piece of wood, or any debris on the lawn can quickly suffocate the grass beneath and cause the lawn to die quickly. Make sure that no items are left on the lawn for an extended period of time. MOWING PATTERNS: Running the mower in the same pattern over and over can cause ruts in the grass that

lead to damage, so avoid mowing in the same direction on consecutive cuts. Avoid mowing on very hot days or when the lawn is soggy. Both can cause tracks to form in the lawn. MOWERS: Dull lawn mower blades can damage lawns, as can mowing too fast. Grass blades can be torn, snapped and more, resulting in brown spots. WILDLIFE: Animals and insects can destroy turf roots. Animals or insects may feed on the grass from underneath its surface, compromising the lawn’s ability to procure nutrients and water. Animals like moles or raccoons may feed on grubs in the lawn, and treating for grubs can alleviate torn-up turf. Lawns can be hearty, but they’re also highly susceptible to damage. Even seemingly harmless things can compromise the integrity of a lawn. Understanding the causes of lawn damage can help homeowners protect their lawns.

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Stay safe when landscaping

Read manuals, wear protective equipment and be safe when doing lawn and garden work.

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andscaping is typically viewed as a chore by homeowners, many of who enjoy doing some work on their lawns and gardens. But only few homeowners may recognize the potential dangers of lawn maintenance. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 230,000 people per year are treated for various injuries resulting from lawn and garden tools. Common injuries include loss of fingers, lacerations, broken and dislocated bones, eye injuries, and burns. Many of these injuries are entirely prevent-able if homeowners prioritize safety when tending to their lawns and gardens.

fortable handling the equipment, then you can begin to use it.

Understand the equipment

Thousands of injuries occur to children and pets who get hurt around mowers. It’s best if children and pets remain indoors when homeowners are mowing or using other power equipment that may kick up debris. Children under the age of 12 may not have the strength or ability to operate lawn tools. Also, never make a game of riding a child on a riding mower. Nobody under the age of 16 should operate riding lawn mowers.

Homeowners should not assume they know how to use all of the tools necessary to maintain lush lawns and bountiful gardens. Familiarize yourself with the proper operation of manual and motorized equipment by reading the owner’s manual thoroughly, making special note of recommended safety guidelines. Take some time to locate the power buttons and other parts by comparing them to illustrations in the guide. Once you feel com-

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Wear appropriate protective gear

Failure to wear protective gear can lead to injury. Personal protective equipment includes gloves, eye protection, ear protection, boots, and a hard hat if necessary. When working during visibility conditions or at night, wear a reflective vest. Other protective items include a hat to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays. Sunscreen will protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. Long pants and sleeves can guard against flying debris.

Watch your surroundings

Get approval before digging

It’s difficult to know what is beneath the ground without having a property surveyed and marked. Digging without approval can result in damage to gas lines or water/sewer pipes. Always check with the utility company before digging trenches or holes.

Unplug or turn off all equipment

When not in use, keep lawn equipment off. Do not try to repair or fix a snag or obstruction in equipment while it is on. Don’t modify the equipment in any way, such as removing protective guards.

Exercise caution with chemicals

Follow manufacturers’ safety instructions when using pesticides or fertilizers. Avoid application on windy days or right before a rainstorm, as this can spread the product and damage the ecosystem. Keep people and pets away from treated areas. Maintaining the yard is both a necessity and a hobby. Homeowners who prioritize safety can greatly reduce their risk of injury.

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At the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance, students get a chance to learn from some of the best dancers in the world. Owner Darren Maguire currently has four schools in Arizona and Texas and his championship record for Irish dance is long. His parents, Kathleen and Michael Maguire, founded the highly-regarded Maguire O’Shea Academy of

Irish Dance just outside London, England nearly thirty-five years ago. Darren seems to have inherited his talent from them. Since 2011, Maguire Academy has brought the traditional art of the Irish step to our area. Assistant dance instructor Jackie Ross has been Irish dancing since she was eleven and now loves teaching other children the steps. From ages five and up, you may enroll in classes from beginner to championship level. For the love of dance, performance, competition or fun fitness, Maguire Academy is the place to dance. h To learn Irish dancing for yourself, you can find Maguire classes at Joee Schapior School of Dance 24944 Tomball Parkway www.MaguireAcademy.com

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How to keep animals

out of your garden

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any gardeners understand the frustration that stems from seeing a garden destroyed by wildlife. While protecting wildlife is a cause that’s near and dear to many gardening enthusiasts, even the most ardent wildlife supporter does not want to see his or her garden trampled, eaten or adversely affected by animals. Safeguarding gardens from local wildlife can require some trial and error. Animals may find ways to circumvent gardeners’ initial efforts to protect their gardens, but the following methods might just do the trick the first time around.

Make sure barriers extend to the ground so animals cannot access gardens by entering beneath the barricades.

Erect physical barriers around gardens. Barriers may not be gardeners’ first choices, as some people feel barriers such as wire cages or mesh coverings make it more difficult to tend to gardens and rob gardens of some of their aesthetic appeal. But coverings and wire cages can effectively prevent wildlife from trampling or eating plants while still allowing the gardens to get adequate sunlight.

Install motion detecting lights around gardens. Motion detection technology might be enough to deter nocturnal wildlife from trampling or eating gardens. Animals might be spooked and run away when lights suddenly turn on. A similar approach can be taken using noise instead of lights. Gardeners who hope to avoid erecting barriers around their gardens can put up posts instead,

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Fight intruders with odor. Stray cats may mistake gardens for litter boxes and enter them to relieve themselves. Preventing such intrusions can be as simple as placing items around the garden to reduce the likelihood that gardens will be mistaken for litter boxes. Peels from oranges and lemons or coffee grounds can be placed in the garden and can emit odors strong enough to deter cats.

Container gardens can deter pests from trampling and eating plants.

attaching aluminum cans or wind chimes to the posts that will make noise when animals come near. Much like light, noise can be enough to deter animals. Consider raised garden beds. When small critters, such as moles, are the main problem, then raised garden beds with wood or plastic bottoms and sides can be enough to safeguard gardens. Raised garden beds might not be accessible to small critters, though such beds likely won’t deter larger animals from getting into gardens that are not barricaded. Erect fencing around the yard. Though fencing is expensive, fencing in a backyard or side yard where gardens are located can deter wildlife big and small from trampling or eating gardens. Wildlife is worth protecting, but gardeners must also take steps to protect their gardens from animals looking for something to eat.

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Composite decking

can be a smart choice Composite decking can mimic the look of wood, but requires much less maintenance.

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ecks add character and functionality to a home, increasing outdoor entertaining space and oftentimes improving the resale value of a home. Homeowners have various options when choosing decking materials, but one such option, composite decking, is growing in popularity. Decks used to primarily be made from pressure-treated lumber. While lumber remains a popular material, more and more homeowners are opting for composite decking products. As anyone who has pressure-washed, stained and sealed wood decks can attest, such spaces require lots of

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upkeep to look new year after year. Composite decks require much less maintenance, making them highly attractive to homeowners who would rather spend time using their decks instead of maintaining them. Composite decking is any type of decking material that is formulated from different recycled materials. The majority of these materials include hard plastic and wood shavings of pulp. Unlike wood, which can fade, crack and rot, composite decking, which has been available for roughly a decade, does not degrade quickly and requires very little upkeep.

Available in a variety of wood colors to match outdoor decor, composite decks also can feature artificial wood grains to make them look similar to wood planks. Although composite decks are not completely impervious to the elements, with some occasional washing to impede mold growth and new technology that has improved stain-resistance, many of the pitfalls of other materials can be avoided with composite decks. Composite decking fits in with ecofriendly lifestyles. The planks are made from recycled materials that would normally end up in landfills. Products from Trex, a popular composite decking manufacturer, are made from 1.5 million shopping bags and wood mill waste. As composite decks do not rot away and are longlasting, they will not need to be replaced frequently, which is another eco-friendly benefit. When comparing composite decking brands, look mainly at the colors, materials used in the composition and the fastening systems. Many are fastened with regular deck screws, offers This Old House. The newer systems have channels for hidden fastening, and the composite deck tiles snap into place. Composite decks do have a few drawbacks. They can be expensive – nearly double the initial cost of wood decks. And although they don’t rot, composite planks can scratch. Without refinishing, damaged boards will need to be replaced. Harsh chemicals may fade color and damage the composite materials, so caution is needed. Composite decking remains an in-demand choice for outdoor spaces. Low-maintenance and long-lasting, these decks have quickly become favorites among homeowners.

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Restaurant Review Pasta e Pesto Isn’t Just Another Italian Restaurant

$7.50 per plate. Friendly atmosphere and homemade pastas this is a place where you can bring your own bottle and have a great meal at a reasonable price. My favorite touch was their fresh grated Grana Padano Parmesan cheese that accompanies the meal. And for those who enjoy something a little special, each month they serve a special five course Italian dinner featuring scratch-made appetizers, pasta, soup, entrée with side and dessert courses for under fifty dollars. It is no wonder that Pasta e Pesto has a large local following. Just when you thought there were too many Italian restaurants in our area, here comes one worth waiting for. Don’t feel like going out, then try their pickup or delivery service. Full service catering options available for those having a corporate event. Call Pasta e Pesto for more information, 281-580-1430. Thay are located at 1678 FM 1960. Pasta e Pesto is one of the few restaurants that remember what drives people to want to go out to eat. From the street, its glass front doesn’t give a hint to the many historic dishes you will find inside. Each one is full of intense and complex flavors that you rarely find in modern Italian restaurants.

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Design a garden

for all senses

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ardens add visual appeal to a yard, but gardens also can appeal to individuals’ senses of smell, taste, touch, and sound. Gardeners who want to create gardens that appeal to various senses can do so in the following ways. box can add fragrance as well.

SOUND

The lively sounds of the garden are created by the wildlife that come to pollinate and enjoy the environment gardeners have created. By choosing indigenous plants, gardeners can be sure that insects and small critters will seek refuge within the foliage. Songbirds also will add character to a yard. The Audubon Society suggests including a water source and a songbird border of shrubs along your property’s edge. Provide food sources and make sure they are located a fair distance from the main action of the yard so as not to scare off birds. Wait for musical chickadees, goldfinches, orioles, and cardinals to arrive and enjoy the accommodations.

TASTE

Gardeners can expand their gardens to include fruit-bearing trees and rows of vegetables. Produce can be harvested from early spring through late fall depending on the crops planted.

TOUCH SIGHT

Aesthetic appeal is one of the most sought-after benefits of gardening. However, many homeowners put in so much effort planting for one particular season that they may not give thought to ensuring the garden looks vibrant no matter the time of year. Gardeners can research planting zones to find plants that will blossom at different times of the year so they can enjoy impressive, aesthetically appealing gardens year-round. Spring bulbs can bloom early on, while annual and perennial summer favorites will thrive under the summer sun.

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Beautyberry and caryopteris will fill out in the autumn, while holly or mahonia can look lovely in the winter.

SMELL

Gardeners can dot their landscapes with aromatic trees, shrubs and flowers that will make stepping out into the garden that much more special. Some of the more fragrant plants include gardenia, dianthus, calendula, lavender, and jasmine. Shrubs such as fragrant pineapple broom, Anne Russell viburnum and Christmas

Apart from including trees and shrubs of various textures in the garden, look for other ways to stimulate a tactile response. Water features add relaxing sound and beauty. Stones, moss, mulch and other accents have varied textures that can stimulate the sense of touch in various ways. Don’t forget to include a sitting area so that you can immerse yourself fully in the garden. Go beyond visual appeal when designing a garden. When gardeners tap into all five senses, they can enjoy their landscapes even more than they already do.

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Chic Floors The Good, The Solid & The Sturdy Let’s start with what would seem to be the obvious: hardwood floors are timelessly beautiful and hardwood flooring has been around long enough that it used to hold the distinction as the standard in flooring material. But when you begin to explore the different options of flooring, with the wood grain look it becomes obvious that hardwood flooring has some steep competition in modern, beautiful, effective and affordable flooring solutions. Chic Floors knows that the notion persist that anyone can tell the difference between real hardwood and wood tile or luxury wood vinyl planks. This has become less and less true as the technologies behind the manufacturing has evolved. With techniques that create layers of texture you would have to be on your hands and knees to tell the difference from real hardwood floors in many cases. If you are in the dilemma of wood tile or luxury vinyl wood versus hardwood flooring for your home, let’s do a little comparison to see which works best for your situation.

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Hardwood Flooring Beautiful and long-lasting, hardwood floors make an elegant choice for nearly any room in your home and ninety percent of realtors said that homes with hardwood floors sell faster and for higher prices than homes without hardwood floors. It is not unreasonable to expect that, a typical hardwood floor can last from 35 to 100+ years. But even with these benefits, hardwood flooring is not maintenance-free. Scratches, dings and dents are the most common problems with hardwoods and humidity and moisture is it’s worst enemy.

Wood Look Ceramic/Porcelain Tile It’s gorgeous, natural-looking and it combines all the beauty of wood with the durability of tile. That means you can give any room the elegant look of hardwood, especially in high-moisture areas like kitchens and

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Wood Look Ceramic/Porcelain Tile bathrooms. Tiles may keep your home cooler in the summer but in the winter are cold to bare feet and are harder on dog’s paws than wood. But in our area with continued

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Kitchen Backsplash hurricanes and flooding always a factor, they definitely win the battle over moisture.

Luxury Wood Vinyl Luxury wood vinyl is an affordable waterproof woodlook flooring option that has great warmth and texture underfoot. This wood vinyl is softer underfoot than other flooring materials, like ceramic tile and helps to dampen sound. It also can offer an antimicrobial surface that kills bacteria on contact. The level of realism in some of these collections is truly amazing and so is the range of on-trend styles you can achieve including traditional hardwood, exotic wood species, rustic and distressed wood and weathered wood features. This wood vinyl gives you a near-perfect hardwood look for a fraction of the cost.

fills. Choosing recycled over conventional tile is a great way to green your home and recycled tile even offers some unique designs you won’t find elsewhere. Vinyl tiles are the least eco-friendly of any option. Made of new or recycled polyvinyl chloride or PVC, the product has improved to insure that air quality is not an issue when properly installed. Each room in your home – from steamy bathrooms to high-traffic family rooms – comes with its own challenges, so a flooring material that’s perfect for one space could be a problem in another. Call Chic Floors and let them come out and help you with your flooring choices.

When it comes to being eco-friendly, there’s so much information about green products out there, it can be overwhelming to sort through it all. Most of the hardwood used in flooring today comes from tree farms and are harvested and planted with new trees, making hardwood floors a renewable product. An added bonus is that hardwood floors can be sanded down, removed and used for other building projects. Tiles come in various forms and many are made from recycled materials, thus keeping things out of our landTo advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email: info@NeighborhoodPublications.net

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Stay safe when

gardening in hot weather Gardeners must exercise caution when tending to their gardens during the dog days of summer.

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ardening is widely considered as relaxing a hobby as it is rewarding. Although gardening when temperatures are mild, such as in spring and fall, can be relaxing, gardening can be much more physically taxing and even dangerous when temperatures rise during the dog days of summer. Gardens need tending even when temperatures outside are especially hot, so gardeners must take steps to protect their health when working in their gardens during the summer. Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is something gardeners must do to stay safe when gardening in summer. Water carries heat away from internal organs, helping to prevent heat stroke along the way. Water takes heat through the bloodstream to the skin, resulting in sweat. Gardeners who notice they are not sweating despite the heat should drink more water and even head indoors to cool down.

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In addition, the American Heart Association notes that keeping the body hydrated helps the heart pump blood more easily, making gardening less taxing on the heart on hot days.

dizziness, nausea, and/or confusion are some common symptoms of heatrelated illnesses. Gardeners should go indoors the moment any such symptoms appear.

Take frequent breaks indoors or in shady areas. Limit marathon gardening sessions to spring and fall when the weather permits. When gardening in harsh summertime heat, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises gardeners to take frequent breaks. Head inside to air conditioned rooms, if necessary, or find shady areas to sit, relax and drink some water. Sitting in the shade will give the body’s thermostat a chance to recover from exposure to extreme heat.

Garden during the cooler parts of the day. Lawncare professionals advise against watering lawns between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the summertime, as water is more likely to evaporate during this time, which tends to be the hottest time of the day. Gardeners should avoid working in their gardens during these hours as well. Garden in the early morning hours when the sun is not burning as hot or in late afternoon or early evening hours when temperatures are less threatening.

Take note of your physical condition. Many people garden alone, so it’s important that gardeners learn the symptoms of heat-related illnesses. The CDC notes that elevated body temperatures, headache, rapid pulse,

Gardening in summer requires gardeners to exercise caution and assess their physical conditions routinely and honestly.

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Avoid aches and pains when fully, there are several ways that gardening enthusiasts can prevent the aches and pains that can sometimes pop up after long days in the garden. Use ergonomic gardening tools. Ergonomic gardening tools are designed to prevent the types of aches, pains and injuries that can cut gardeners’ seasons short. Gardening injuries can affect any area of the body, but injuries or aches and pains affecting the back, wrists and hands are among the most common physical problems gardeners endure. Look for ergonomic tools that reduce the strain on these areas of the body. Even arthritis sufferers who love to garden may find that ergonomic tools make it possible for them to spend more time in their gardens without increasing their risk for injury.

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eople who have not spent much time in a garden may not consider this rewarding hobby much of a threat to their health. But as veteran gardeners can attest, gardening can contribute to nagging aches and pains that can force even the most ardent green-thumbers indoors. Gardening is a physical activity that, despite its peaceful nature, can be demanding on the body. Thank-

Alternate tasks. Repetitive-strain injuries can affect gardeners who spend long periods of time performing the same activity in their gardens. By alternating tasks during gardening sessions, gardeners can reduce their risk of suffering repetitive strain injuries. Alternate tasks not just on muscle groups worked, but also level of difficulty. Remember to include some simple jobs even on busy gardening days so the body

gardening gets a break. Take frequent breaks. Frequent breaks can help combat the stiffness and muscle aches that may not appear until gardeners finish their gardening sessions. Breaks help to alleviate muscles or joints that can become overtaxed when gardening for long, uninterrupted periods of time. When leaning down or working on your hands and knees, stand up to take breaks every 20 minutes or the moment aches and pains start to make their presence felt. Maintain good posture. Back injuries have a tendency to linger, which can keep gardeners indoors and out of their gardens. When gardening, maintain good posture to prevent back injuries. Gardening back braces can protect the back by providing support and making it easier for gardeners to maintain their posture. Tool pouches attached to gardening stools or chairs also can be less taxing on the back than gardening belts tied around the waist. Gardening might not be a contact sport, but it can cause pain if gardeners do not take steps to prevent the onset of muscle aches and strains when spending time in their gardens.

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“Drought” can be a four-letter word to many lawncare enthusiasts. Homeowners who put in the hours and hard work to create beautiful, lush lawns can see the fruits of all their labor gradually disappear when drought sets in. That can be both frustrating to homeowners and detrimental to long-term lawn health. Treating lawns during drought or dry periods can be tricky, as some homeowners may be forced to adhere to water restrictions established by their local governments. Still, there are some ways to obey the law and still help lawns withstand drought and dry periods. Postpone fertilizer applications. Fertilizers are designed to help grass grow, but growing grass needs water it won’t have access to when water restrictions have been put in place. If a lawn needs to be fertilized during drought or dry periods, homeowners should consult with lawncare professionals, who may have experience applying fertilizer during drought. Professionals also may have access to more fertilizing products than homeowners will find at nearby lawn and garden centers. Pull weeds by hand instead of applying herbicides. Herbicides are substances used to destroy unwanted vegetation, such as weeds. When applied during droughts or dry periods, such products can make it harder for grass to overcome weeds. Instead of applying herbicides during drought or dry periods, pull weeds by hand. Doing so can address a weed problem without harming the grass.

Water early. Water restrictions might not completely deny homeowners the right to water their lawns. Rather, such regulations restrict how much water homeowners can use to treat their lawns during drought or dry periods. Watering early, ideally between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., ensures as little water as possible will be lost to evaporation and as much as possible will find its way onto the grass and into the soil. During periods of drought, temperatures tend to be at their highest in mid- to late-afternoon, so change automatic sprinkler timers if they are set to water during these hours. Adjust lawnmower blade height. Grass grows more slowly during drought or dry periods. As a result, homeowners won’t need to mow as often during such times as they would when conditions are more favorable. But lawns may still need to be mowed during drought. When mowing, leave grass on the longer side. Mowing stresses grass, which is already under considerable stress during drought. By setting mower blades to cut no more than one-third of the leaf blade at a time, homeowners can encourage roots to grow deeper. Deep roots help the grass combat the effects of drought. Drought and dry periods need not ruin homeowners’ lush lawns. But lawn care enthusiasts will have to alter their lawn care routines when conditions are dry.

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l a v i t s e F l a d e P d n a e l d Pad t u b e D s t I Makes i

The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce is pleased to launch a new and exciting family-friendly, one-day outdoor festival to spotlight some of our community's greatest amenities. Paddle N Pedal Fest 2018 will take place on Saturday, April 14th along the Tomball Parkway in northwest Harris County. It has been less than a year since the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve opened as a public park by Harris County Precinct 4 and some families are just now discovering the wonders of this 80-acre retreat. Paddle N Pedal Fest 2018 will feature activities suggested by its name: paddling in canoes and kayaks and pedaling on bicycles. In addition, the Pct 4 Park Rangers will bring out a pontoon boat so that those wanting to explore the 40-

acre lake can do it in comfort. There will be fishing, archery, geocaching and other outdoor skills. This event has the unique feature of having a second venue adjacent to the Preserve at the CHI St. Luke's Hospital in The Vintage where Paddle N Pedal Fest will feature a Musical Stage, a Health & Fitness tent, a Choo Choo Train, Climbing Wall , Local Exhibitors and Food Trucks. “We want to introduce our community to those things that make it the best place to raise a family,” explains event chair Christina Bowden, “and that includes fresh air, food, fishing, fun, families!” Christina is a community relations professional with Windwood Church and an active Houston Northwest Chamber volunteer. Parking will be facilitated by shuttles circulating between the Preserve, the Hospital, the Vintage Shopping Village and other parking areas as needed. Admission to the event is free and there will be nominal charges for kiddie rides and food and beverage service. h

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What You Drill Tips from Master Josh Arcemont

What You Drill Becomes Automatic We used to have a saying in martial arts sparring competition, “Drillers make killers.” What we meant by that was that the competitors who took the time to drill each technique meticulously were always the superior fighters in competition. Not only did they drill the individual techniques they also drilled on the multitude of scenarios that could happen in a match so that when needed the skills were there, especially when they were tired. Tody we tell our students that “Drills build skills” but the meaning is still the same. What you work on day in and day out will eventually become automatic. This is not only true in martial arts but in every other aspect of life. Your choices become your habits and your habits eventually decide your success or failure in life. What do you need to drill every day in order to become the best version of yourself? Perhaps it is waking up early to go to the gym, maybe it’s writing down your goals, or scheduling time on your calendar to spend time with the people who mean the most to you. Whatever it is, if you plan on winning in this game of life you need to be deliberate about drilling those things that are going to help you achieve the success you desire!

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Recognizing and addressing

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Lawns face many threats, not the least of which is grubs. The larvae of certain types of insects, including beetles, grubs feed on the roots of grass and plants and can turn even the greenest, most impressive lawns into unsightly eyesores. Many homeowners spend lots of time tending to their lawns, so the effects of grub infestations can be especially frustrating. Learning to recognize what grub infestations look like and how to address them can help homeowners re-

What do grub infestations look like? According to the University of Illinois Extension, lawns affected by grub infestations will show wilting and browning of irregularly shaped areas. But grass that is turning brown is not always indicative of a grub infestation, as numerous factors can cause grass to turn brown. Homeowners who suspect their lawns have been infested with grubs can approach spots where brown grass is meeting green grass and pull up the sod. Grubs appear slimy and C-shaped and 10 or more within a square foot of sod is a sign that grubs have taken over. Another potential indicator of grub infestations is holes or dirt channels in the lawn. These might be a byproduct of skunks, moles and raccoons digging up the lawn in search of grubs to eat. Soft, spongy ground that is easy to pull up may also be indicative of grub infestations. When are grub infestations likely to occur? The timing of grub infestations may

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depend on geography. Homeowners who suspect their lawns have been infested by grubs can consult with lawn care professionals to determine if that’s likely. Some grub infestations discovered in the spring may actually be byproducts of infestations that began in the previous fall. How can grub infestations be treated? One way to treat grub infestations is to remove thatch from lawns. Thatch can harbor grubs by shielding them from pesticide applications. Aerating a lawn allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate the soil, fostering stronger roots that promote healthier lawns. Aerating also removes thatch, taking grubs’ shelters away in the process. Another way to combat grub infestations is to water deeply and infrequently, which encourages strong roots. Grubs prefer moist soil, and beetles are less likely to lay eggs that become grubs in lawns that are watered infrequently and deeply. Insecticides can be applied to treat grub infestations, but insecticides might be most effective at preventing such infestations rather than treating existing ones. If grub infestations are discovered early, insecticides can prevent the problem from spreading. Grub infestations can be an unsightly nuisance. But such problems can be solved if recognized and addressed quickly.

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Tips for

novice composters that’s easily accessible. The less accessible the bin is, the less likely you are to stick with composting over the long-term. The EPA also recommends placing a compost bin or pile in a dry, shady spot near a water source. Add the appropriate materials. Animal waste, cooked foods, diseased plants, and fresh weeds from perennial plants should not be added to a compost pile. The EPA recommends moistening dry materials as they’re added and adding brown and green materials as they are collected. Examples of green waste include grass clippings, weeds from annual plants and plant trimmings. Brown materials include dead leaves and shredded cardboard. Chop or shred large pieces before adding them to the pile.

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he United States Environmental Protection Agency notes that food scraps and yard waste account for between 20 and 30 percent of what we throw away. But thanks to composting, such waste can be put to work rather than discarded. Compost is organic material that

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helps plants grow when added to soil. Benefitting the planet in myriad ways, compost enriches the soil by helping it retain moisture. The EPA notes that composting also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers while also suppressing plant diseases and pests. In addition, when homeowners compost, they inadvertently reduce methane emissions from landfills, thereby lowering their carbon footprints. Homeowners who do not know how to compost can consider the following tips as they start compost piles on their properties.

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Choose an accessible spot on your property. When looking for a spot on your property for your compost bin, choose a location

Give the pile structure. Layering materials can give compost piles better structure. The EPA suggests burying fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material, including brown and green waste. Turn and aerate the pile. Using a garden fork, periodically turn the compost pile. This aerates the heap and provides oxygen that can accelerate the decomposition of the pile. Piles that are not periodically turned and aerated may grow malodorous, which can be unpleasant for homeowners who hope to add materials to their piles on a regular basis. In addition, without the heat produced by aeration, composting piles will break down very slowly. Recognize when the material is ready. The EPA notes that compost is ready to use when materials at the bottom of a pile are dark and rich in color. According to the EPA, this can take anywhere from two months to two years, so composters must be patient. More information about composting can be found at www.epa.gov.

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Items to avoid

when composting Coal or charcoal ash: Coal or ash from charcoal, such as the ash that builds up in the bottom of charcoal grills, may contain substances that are harmful to plants. Dairy products: When added to compost piles, dairy products, including butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt and eggs, can be malodorous and may attract pests, including rodents and flies. Diseased or insect-ridden plants: The diseases and insects that plague plants may survive being transferred to compost piles. When the compost is ultimately distributed, these diseases and insects might then plague other plants. Fats, grease, lard, or oils: Fats, grease, lard or oils also may attract rodents and flies, and that might be due to the unpleasant odors such substances can produce when added to compost piles. Meat or fish bones and scraps: Like fats, grease, lard or oils, scraps from meat and fish and fish bones can smell unpleasant, potentially attracting rodents and flies.

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omposting is an eco-friendly activity that can also save homeowners money on fertilizer and pesticides. Organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow, compost reduces the amount of waste that would otherwise end up in landfills, reducing the amount of methane gas that such landfills produce. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that not everything can be added to compost piles. The following are some items homeowners should not add to their compost piles or bins, courtesy of the EPA.

Pet waste: Pet waste, including soiled cat litter, may contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses that can be harmful. Grass trimmings treated with chemical pesticides: Trimmings from grass that was treated with chemical pesticides can negate the effects of composting by killing beneficial organisms produced within compost piles or bins.

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Did you know? If you think that the only way to exercise and burn calories involves gym equipment, think again. Yard work can be just as challenging as a thorough aerobics workout at a nearby fitness club. To reap the greatest benefits, gardeners should use as little motorized machinery as possible. Manual tools will get you moving and can burn a substantial amount of calories. Try to vary positions and alternate which hands you use to reduce strain and get an even workout. Fitness experts say that gardening can improve strength, increase endurance and assist with flexibility. According to a report in the UK publication The Telegraph, clearing a pond or weeding can burn some 300 calories in an hour. Fortyfive minutes worth of gardening can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobics.

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Helpful and harmful insects

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lthough it’s virtually impossible to count them, insects are the most diverse group of organisms on the planet. Nine hundred thousand different kinds of insects are known to exist. At any given time, it is estimated that there are around 10 quintillion individual insects living. Gardeners grow frustrated when seeing their gardens infested with insects. In an effort to restore their gardens, homeowners might be tempted to eradicate any bug that moves in their yards. But gardeners would be wise to first learn which insects are hurting their gardens and which can actually help gardens in the long run.

Butterflies and other helpful insects, such as bees, pollinate flowers and can keep dangerous pests at bay in the garden.

HARMFUL Certain insects can be dangerous to animals and plants. The following are a handful of insects that can threaten the vitality of gardens. APHIDS: These insects suck on the juice needed to sustain plants, particularly when they congregate. BALD-FACED HORNET: Hornets tend to be an aggressive species that can sting repeatedly. Should you find a nest near an entertaining space or garden, it can cause trouble. CARPENTER ANTS: These ants will burrow into wood causing damage. They may compromise any wooden structure in and around a home. LOCUSTS: Various species of locust can damage plants and crops due to their voracious appetites. TREEHOPPERS: These small, green insects mimic the look of leaves, and their appetites can affect crops and gardens. RED PAVEMENT ANT: As they feed on all manner of human food, these ants can quickly overtake areas with their staggering numbers and deliver painful bites. GRASSHOPPERS: Certain grasshoppers, like the red-legged grasshopper, can decimate food crops and transfer parasites to birds when eaten as prey. CATERPILLARS: Many caterpillars, the precursor to adult moths, will feed constantly on leaves, stems and other parts of plants. The tobacco hornworm moth caterpillar can damage potato and tomato plants.

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HELPFUL Plants depend on insects to transfer pollen as they forage, and many insects are quite beneficial to have around. While some pollinate, others are predators of other pests. ANTLION: A foe of ants, they’ll help eat and control ant populations and pollinate flowers. They pose no threat to humans, either. BIG DIPPER FIREFLY: These colorful insects feast on earthworms, slugs and snails during the larval stage. Fireflies add drama to evening gardens with their twinkling lights. GARDEN SPIDERS: Although some spiders can be venomous, many are quite handy to have around the garden. They’ll help control pest populations that can damage plants and crops. DRAGONFLIES: These arial artists that zip around the yard are consuming smaller insects that would otherwise pester plants and humans. BLUE-WINGED WASP: This wasp attacks the larvae of Japanese beetles, helping to control beetle populations. BEES AND BUTTERFLIES: Butterflies and bees are some of the best pollinators out there, and each can add whimsy to gardens. To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email: info@NeighborhoodPublications.net

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Post winter garden prep out for and how to recognize and remove these pets from gardens. Pests may hibernate in the soil over the winter, and such unwelcome visitors can make it difficult for gardens to thrive come spring and summer. Assess plant location. If plants, flowers or gardens have struggled in recent years or never grew especially vibrant, then gardeners may want to assess the location of their plant life before spring gardening season begins. Some plants may not be getting enough sunlight in certain locations on a property, while others might be overexposed to the sun during spring and summer. Moving plants that are not thriving prior to the start of spring gardening season may be just what gardens need to flourish in the coming weeks.

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awns and gardens can bear the brunt of winter weather and are often in need of tender loving care by the time spring arrives. Preparing a garden for spring and summer involves assessing any damage that harsh weather might have caused. As temperatures climb, gardeners can heed the following post-winter garden preparation tips in an effort to ensure some successful gardening in the months ahead. Assess the damage. Even if winter was mild, gardens might still have suffered some damage. Inspect garden beds and any fencing or barriers designed to keep wildlife from getting into the garden. Before planting anew, fix any damage that Mother Nature or local wildlife might have caused over the past several months. Clear debris. Garden beds and surrounding landscapes that survived winter without being damaged might still be littered with debris. Remove fallen leaves, branches and even litter that blew about on windy winter days before planting season. Make sure to discard any debris effectively so it does not find its way back into

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Spring gardening season is right around the corner, so now is an ideal time to prepare gardens for the warmer seasons ahead. the garden. Turn the greenhouse into a clean house. Spring cleaning is not just for the interior of a home. Cleaning a greenhouse in advance of spring can help gardeners evict any overwintering pests that can threaten plant life once spring gardening season arrives. A thorough cleaning, which should include cleaning the inside of greenhouse glass and washing flower pots and plant trays, also can prevent plant diseases from surviving into spring. Check for pests. Speak with a local gardening professional to determine if there are any local pests to look To advertise, call 281-401-9143 or email: info@NeighborhoodPublications.net


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Did you know? One of the ways homeowners can keep their lawns looking lush and green is to aerate the turf when the need arises. Aerators perforate the soil with small holes. These holes allow air, nutrients and water to penetrate all the way to the roots, helping them grow deep and strong. Deep, strong roots are essential to healthy, lush lawns. While aeration can help many lawns, not every lawn will necessarily need to be aerated. Lawns that get heavy use, such as those that are often played on by children or pets, will likely benefit from periodic aeration. Feeling the lawn also can help homeowners determine if it needs to be aerated. Lawns that dry out quickly or feel spongy may be overcome with thatch, which can prevent lawns from getting the air, water and nutrients they need to thrive. Lawncare professionals recommend aerating lawns that contain thatch that is more than onehalf inch. Thatch also can foster grub infestations, providing another benefit to removing it and aerating a lawn. When to aerate depends on the type of grass. Homeowners should consult with a lawncare professional about the best time to aerate their particular lawns, but it’s generally recommended that cool-season grasses be aerated in early spring or fall, while it’s best to aerate warm season grasses in late spring.

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Create a safe and enjoyable

backyard play area

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omeowners often aspire to have attractive backyards that look like they belong in a magazine. While these can be picturesque and functional for adults, they may not be entirely practical for homeowners who have young children, especially when the majority of the yard is covered with paving stones or concrete. When young children are part of a household, homeowners may benefit by designing yards that are both functional and fun. Incorporating safe play areas for kids is one way to unlock the potential of both big and small backyards. As children run off to enjoy a playground, safety is the last thing on their minds. Kids are most interested in scaling ladders to treehouses or coasting down slides. That’s why adults must take it upon themselves to keep injury prevention in mind. SafestPlayground.com indicates

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that playground-related injuries routinely result in severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions and dislocations. In the majority of playground injuries to children younger than age five, the head and face are affected. Children between the ages of five and nine experience more leg and arm injuries than younger kids. The Consumer Product Safety Commission states 70 percent of children’s injuries occur on home playgrounds. More than 28,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds across Canada, according to Parachute, a national injury prevention organization. When considering playground equipment for the yard, parents need to make safety a priority. The Canada Safety Society advises parents to follow the “Five S’s of Playground Safety”: Surface, structures, site, supervision and safety.

SURFACE: Parents should assume that children will fall. To lessen the blow of falls, choose playground equipment with a perimeter of six feet of a softer surface, such as sand, pea gravel, rubber pieces or wood chips. This material should be between six and 12 inches deep. STRUCTURE: The structure of the play equipment should be built from sturdy materials. Pressure-treated lumber was once the standard, but it’s not adviseable for kids’ playgrounds, as the chemicals used in the lumber can leach and young children may actually bite or pick at the wood. Use cedar or another wood that resists decay. Once the structure is built, inspect it frequently for damage. continued

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SITE: Look around the landscape for an ideal place to locate the playset. There should be no obstacles that children can hit while sliding or swinging. Avoid overhanging branches and do not place equipment too close to trees or fencing. Try to keep the set out of direct sunlight, which can make components heat up and scald young bodies.

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National Youth Theater to Perform Musical, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. March 23rd – 25th at Lone Star College Performing Arts Center – Tomball, TX SHOW TIMES: Friday, March 23rd – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24th – 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25th – 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

National Youth Theater (NYT) will perform the live musical production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR., March 23rd – 25th, at the Lone Star College-Tomball Performing Arts Center, 30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375. A live show for the entire family, eTickets are available now for only $12 per person at the website: www.nationalyouththeater.org. Tickets will be offered at the door for $15 per person, depending upon availability. “A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” (Willy Wonka) The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket during his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a “scrumdidilyumptious” musical guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. In addition to an amusing storyline and wonderful songs, this musical is full of colorful costumes and decadent props. Additionally, NYT’s cast really makes the stage come to life! Director David Horn: “Willy Wonka JR. is a fantastic story of wisdom, fun, and pure imagination! Perfect for all ages to enjoy, the cast is incredibly talented and will be a true delight. Whether you’re a fan of the classic movie or its remake, you won’t want to miss this adaptation for the stage. I hope you’ll join us!”

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National Youth Theater is a nonprofit, Christian ministry with the mission of engaging students in life-changing experiences through the performing arts. For more information, please visit: www.nationalyouththeater.org. h

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