Fall’s the perfect time for an outdoor workout

story.lead_photo.captionEmmanuel Eyiuche does the Staircase Squat Jump on wide stone steps next to Two Rivers Bridge in Little Rock. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Celia Storey)

Arkansas in October is one of the most beautiful places on earth. As the leaves succumb to chlorophyll breakdown, The Natural State flexes its botanical muscle, inviting inhabitants to enjoy the amazing foliage artwork across the countryside.

It is truly a gift to be thankful for, and one that presents an incredible opportunity for outdoor exercise. This week, I’ll present a few tips for those looking to enjoy this fall through outdoor experience, physical activity and family fun. Plus, I’ll share an exercise that fits perfectly within an outdoor workout program.

Let’s start with some of the basic activities that define Arkansas outdoors in the fall.

Hunting and fishing might not seem like physical activity opportunities, but they most certainly are. Quail hunters can spend hours walking up

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ONE GARDENER TO ANOTHER: Fall is the time to clean, cover, cut and give care | Columns

Fall is kind of like the Cinderella of the calendar, with three overwhelming stepsisters. The use of the word winter was the first to be established, with it being used consistently across many languages to mark a calendar year. For a very long time, it was the only noted season. Next came summer, derived from the Germanic word sumer, which translates loosely to the word half, marking the halfway point of the year.

Eventually spring evolved from the 12th century moniker, Lenten, that marked a religious time to variations of French and Latin words for green and new during the 15th century to finally being recognized by the name spring in the 17th century.

Fall, until that time, was simply referred to as haerfest, a time to bring in the harvest. It also had to claw its way into existence over the then popular term used by the English, autumn.

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South Florida Fair producing Home Improvement Show for the first time

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The South Florida Fair has announced it will be hosting it’s first-ever Home Improvement & More Show in the Expo Center at the end of October.

The Fair said they created the event because people are spending more time in their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given what we’ve been experiencing since March with this pandemic, there has never been such a high demand for at-home enhancements in kitchens and baths, lawn and landscape, décor and home office ideas,” said Vicki Chouris, president & CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions.

There are more than 60 vendors slated to be at the event that include categories such as windows, kitchen, bath, patios, landscaping, and more.

The show

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Ask a Master Gardener: Fall is the right time to fertilize the lawn

A: Now is a very good time to fertilize the lawn. If you leave the clippings on your lawn when you mow, you may only need to do one fertilizer application a year, and late September to mid-October is the right time to do it.

Other seasons aren’t the best choice. Fertilizing in early spring can cause a flush of new growth that uses up energy the grass should be putting into its root system. Fertilizing during the hot months of summer can damage your lawn.

Unless you have had a soil test that tells you otherwise, feed 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. A soil test would tell you if you need any phosphorus or potash (potassium). Most lawn fertilizers have no phosphorus and a tiny amount of potash. Some have micronutrients like iron, but they are not needed unless a test shows you

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Home improvements in the time of Coronavirus

Shaniqua Juliano

Laurie Nichols 

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The shift to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on the home renovation market. Spending more time in the home has spurred a do-it-yourself (DIY) renovation renaissance and home improvement projects have become popular with the advent of social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube which offer ideas and inspiration.

Since the onset of the coronavirus, national home-improvement retailers like Lowes and Home Depot have reported record sales. Many homeowners are looking to improve the design and functionality of their homes by either making aesthetic changes or by upgrading and renovating to improve utility and efficiency. Smaller DIY projects ranging from landscaping to upgrading appliances and painting the exterior of the home are popular, but homeowners are also tackling larger scale DIY renovation projects such as kitchens and bathrooms. 

Homeowners look for the best Return on Investment (ROI) on

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Yardening: Time to mark year’s events in the garden | News

Shaniqua Juliano

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Creek House notes

As the growing season winds down it is worthwhile to spend some time to recall all the yard events that took place this year and how you handled them. In fact, it is a great time to record your recollections on a 2020 calendar, in a notebook or on the computer.

Inevitably at some point you will wish you could remember when a certain tree died, or you had the lawn renovated, or what storm damage repair cost. If you planted some trees or landscape plants you may want to record their names and date of planting. You also may find it helpful to jot down any equipment that you purchased or had repaired, the names of products you used in the yard for pest control, plant fertilization or cleaning outdoor furniture. I,

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Time to take out the rake and bag the leaves, right? – News – providencejournal.com

Shaniqua Juliano

It’s fall and that means leaves are littering lawns around the country.

Time to take out the rake and bag up them up, right? Wrong.

Environmental experts say raking leaves and removing them from your property is bad not only for your lawn but for the planet as a whole.

Although people often rake fallen leaves and send them to a landfill to prevent their lawns from being smothered and to make yards look better, in most cases, you’re fine not moving them.

“Just leave them where they are and grind them up,” said John Sorochan, a professor of turfgrass science at University of Tennessee.

However, if you have a lot of trees dumping leaves or the piles begin to mound up, Dan Sandor, a postdoctoral researcher of turfgrass science at University of Minnesota, advises mowing over the leaves with a mulching blade about once a week.

Here are a

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Create an outdoor living space worth spending time in | Entertainment

Shaniqua Juliano

Each year, thousands of Arizona residents email or call our radio broadcast with questions. Our goal is to be every Arizona homeowner’s best friend and provide answers that suit the specific needs of Arizona residents wherever they may live. Ask Rosie on the House your homeowner questions by emailing info@rosieonthehouse.com or call (888) 767-4348.

Question: We are planning on updating our home and would like to incorporate outdoor living spaces. Any suggestions on where to begin?

Answer: To begin, make a list of the activities you would like to enjoy in your outside spaces. Do you want a place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee, prepare a good meal or entertain friends?

The nice thing about Central and Southern Arizona is that, with some planning the outdoors can be enjoyed on a daily basis. Stepping into outdoor patios, courtyards, and pool or game areas can be made comfortable any

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Fall the time to create new garden beds

Shaniqua Juliano


Fall is a great time to create new garden beds. Cool, usually drier, fall weather makes it easier to work in the garden and for plants to establish. Plus, the garden to-do list is often a bit shorter this time of year and you will get a head start on the next growing season.

Start by locating the placement, size and

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It’s time to get away to Astoria on the Oregon coast for craft beer, hikes and ‘Goonies’ fun

Shaniqua Juliano

If you’re longing to escape to the Oregon coast, head as far north as you can until you meet the Columbia River and settle into Astoria.

The oldest city in Oregon is famous for fun, from craft beer savored slowly on cool decks to grab-and-go burgers and bakery treats.

Fort Stevens State Park was declared the state’s best park by Jamie Hale, travel writer for The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Take a hike in any direction and instead of straining to sneak a street-side peek of the privately owned, off-limits house where “The Goonies” was filmed, head over the Oregon Film Museum to see where the jail scene was staged.

“Astoria is a place that requires several days – or several trips – to properly explore,” reports Hale. Read his recommendations

Here are unique Astoria vacation stays listed on Airbnb and TripAdvisor, but Vrbo, booking.com, hotels.com and Portland-based Vacasa can also be searched

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