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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.

ELIMINATING WEEDS

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Most of the questions that are coming my way are about weeds growing in the yard and how to get rid of them. Pulling and digging is maybe alright for a small area but getting down to the root, literally is another matter.

Most broadleaf weeds multiply in the root system making them very difficult to simply dig up. Any part of the root remaining will just grow into another weed. Absolutely the easiest and most effective way to get rid of unwanted weeds is by using liquid or granular weed...

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SUMMER WEATHER PERFECT FOR MINOR PAINTING PROJECTS

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Just because the hot weather's here doesn't mean you can't do something cool with your home exterior. Some small-scale painting projects can easily be completed early in the morning or late in the afternoon, times of the day when you won't wilt in the sun.

Spending just a couple of hours repainting the front door is a prime example, says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute. "By switching to a completely different door color, you may be able to give your home...

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ANTHONY WAYNE ROTARY 5K TO STOMP OUT POLIO

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Every year one hundred plus walkers and runners descend on Shoaff Park the second Saturday in August to help Rotarians put an end to polio. This year is no exception. The sixth annual Walk Run to Eradicate Polio will take place on August 16th at 8:30am and all proceeds will go to Rotary International's program to end polio worldwide.

What is special about this campaign is its backing by the Gates Foundation which matches each donation 2-1. This is Anthony Wayne Rotary's largest fundraiser for...

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PRUNING & DEAD-HEADING

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June/July are the times to get your pruning and dead-heading done as pruning in the fall is generally looked down upon.

Most evergreens such as junipers, euonymus and aborvitae are cutback during the month of June but now is still better than later. Dead-heading is simply the act of cleaning up all of the dead debris such as the spent flowers on annuals and the long stalks and flowers of your spring and summer perennials. The faster these dead flowers are removed from your annuals, the quicker...

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PRUNE THOSE GARDEN MUMS NOW

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Garden mums, chyrsanthemums are easily fooled into thinking that every time the temperatures outside at night cool down just a little, it must be Fall, so they immediately want to set bud and flower. The problem is that just as fast as they set bud, it gets warm again and the flower buds never fully develop. It's true that some of them may try to bloom but those blossoms are not quite the same as the garden mums that bloom in the fall.

Garden mums are both temperature and day-length sensitive...

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OUABACHE STATE PARK TO OFFER JR INDIANA MASTER NATURALIST CAMP

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The Friends of Ouabache State Park, Ouabache State Park and Upper Wabash Interpretive Services are hosting a Junior Indiana Master Naturalist (JrIMN) class at Ouabache State Park July 14 - 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday.

The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Program provides children with many hands-on opportunities to learn about Indiana's natural resources in an outdoor setting. It also provides a way for them to discover environmental...

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