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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.

DENTIST - HOME COUNTRY

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Herb walked into O'Dontal Dental the other day, holding his hand against a swollen face. He hadn't even made an appointment to see Perry first, and it became obvious why he hadn't.

"Good morning, Herb," said Andrea, the receptionist.

"What can we do for you today?"

"Mmfft Crullit!"

"Certainly. Have a seat and I'll let Perry know you're here."

In less than a minute, Dr. O'Dontal had Herb seated, numbed, and ready for work. Herb's labored breathing had returned to normal, even if his speech...

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ECO-FRIENDLY WEED CONTROL IN LAWNS

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Don't let lawn weeds get the best of you. These opportunistic plants find a weak spot in the lawn, infiltrate and begin to take over your grass. Take back the lawn with proper care. Your lawn will not only be greener and healthier, but good for the environment.

The grass and thatch layer act as a natural filter, helping to keep pollutants out of our groundwater and dust out of our atmosphere. They also reduce erosion, decrease noise and help keep our homes and landscapes cooler in summer. And...

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PLANTS - AFTER EASTER

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Easter is one season that brings out a wide variety of beautiful blooming plants including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, azaleas, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and, of course, lilies. But what do you do with all of these plants after the blooms fade?

Most folks assume that they are all perennial and that all they need to do is to plant them outside in the spring. Nothing could be farther from the truth. First of all, while there are "hardy" (perennial) mums and azaleas, these plants offered at...

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B.C.C. - HOME COUNTRY

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Whenever my lack of mechanical prowess threatens to surface, I sure miss the solenoid. It was always there for us, lurking under the hood somewhere, and always – always – it was waiting to malfunction. It was handy, every mechanic knew where it was - like tonsils - and it had a great name. Solenoid - like asteroid or aranoid.

In the old days, b.c.c. (before car computers), the solenoid was a little whatchit that was in the engine area and without it you couldn't make the car go. And that's an...

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COONHOUND - HOME COUNTRY

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One of the great pleasures of hanging around down at the livestock auction barn each Saturday morning is being able to take your dog along.

Why do we go to the sales barn? We love agriculture, and it's part of living here to see who buys what and rejoice in their good fortune, even if our own grass is stressed to the limit by whatever varmint we're currently feeding. Or, it could be that we figure we've already lived too long, and if the right horse or cow comes through there, and we buy it...

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WET GARDENS

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Every year (and this year is no exception) gardeners get anxious to start gardening just as soon as the weather breaks. Well this is not the year for that early start-up, at least not outside. It is however, time to get your tomato and pepper seeds planted inside for that head start to planting in the garden around mid-May. Five weeks is plenty of time for tomatoes and six to seven weeks work for peppers. Remember that root crops such as radishes and carrots cannot be transplanted, as they...

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