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Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

PROTECTING YOUR LANDSCAPE FROM WILDLIFE DAMAGE

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They're cute, they're furry and they love to eat – your landscape that is. If you are battling with rabbits, deer, groundhogs or other wildlife, don't give up. And if you are lucky enough to be wildlife-free at the moment, be vigilant and prepared to prevent damage before these beautiful creatures move into your landscape to dine.

Anyone who has battled wildlife knows the frustration and difficulty involved in controlling them. Your best defense is a fence. A four-foot high fence anchored...

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ACCENT PLANTS

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For over 50 years "accent plants" meant vinca vine, asparagus sprengerii and spike. But now there are many other plants that fall into this specialized category, and some of which you may know. Plants such as the sweet potato vine (ipomoea), licorice plant (helichrysum), lamium (perennial), lysimachia (goldilocks), glechoma & plectranthus (similar to variegated Swedish ivy) just to name a few.

You do not have to know them by name to want these plants, you just simply need to see them...

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LARGE CATFISH TO BE STOCKED IN INDIANA’S URBAN PONDS

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Fishing opportunities in eight Indiana cities got a boost recently as part of an ongoing effort by the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling in urban areas.

On that day, the DNR stocked 11 ponds in Evansville, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Avon, New Albany, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Carmel with a combined 1,000 channel catfish. Each catfish stocked averaged more than 14 inches and weigh around 1.25 pounds.

This is the second round of catfish stockings through the new Go FishIn in...

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GARDEN REVIVAL

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Spring floods, summer droughts and temperature extremes take their toll on gardens and the gardeners who tend them. Help your gardens recover from the crazy temperature and moisture extremes that seem to occur each year.

Start by assessing the current condition of your landscape. Remove dead plants as soon as possible. They can harbor insect and disease organisms that can infest your healthy plantings. Consider replacing struggling plants with healthy plants better suited to the space, growing...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH NUISANCE WILD ANIMALS

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Nuisance wild animals are a common problem in the spring, and Hoosiers have several options for dealing with them.

People can always call a licensed wild animal control company. For the name of a licensed company, visit dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2351.htm

Hoosier landowners or tenants also can trap and release or kill raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, beavers, muskrats, minks, long-tailed weasels, and foxes on their own property without a permit if these animals are damaging that...

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THE SUMMER SEASON MEANS ARRIVAL OF WARM WEATHER AND TICKS

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Warm weather is finally arriving in Indiana, but as Hoosiers start taking advantage of the arrival of spring, so are ticks. State health officials are cautioning people to protect themselves from ticks as they spend more time outside.

Ticks are small, insect-like creatures often found in naturally vegetated areas or woodlands throughout Indiana. Ticks can transmit illnesses, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Last year, Indiana confirmed 63 cases of Lyme disease, two cases...

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