You can do it with strangers or you could do it with friends! Check out the PhotoScavenger Hunt hosted by the Onahan Booster Club. Sign up with eight friends or sign up by yourself and get randomly assigned to a team. Saturday 4/26 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for $20 per person starting and ending at Dish, Dine & Drink located at 6169 North Northwest Highway. Please call 773-594-0100 for more information.
Learn the ways of whiskey from Dr. Sonat Birnecker of Andersonville-based Koval Distillery. Coppervine provides passed appetizers followed by a four course meal paired perfectly with Koval whiskey. Wednesday 4/30 at 6:00 p.m. for $75 per person at Coppervine located at 1962 North Halsted Street. Please call 773-935-1000 for more information.
Rock and roll with the best of them! Check out the American Cancer Society Walk and Roll which you can either walk, run, state or bicycle at your preferred pace! Saturday 4/26 at 8:30 a.m. for $15 per person at Soldier Field located at 1410 South Museum Campus Drive. Please call 312-960-2329 for more information.
So you think you know your German trivia? Check out Dank Haus’ German Quiz Night were everything is about zee Germans. Teams of up to six people compete in their knowledge of current and historic German trivia featuring a wide range of topics. Alles Gute! Friday 4/25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dank Haus located at 4740 North Western Avenue. This event is FREE! Please call 773-561-9181 for more information.
Rock 4 Autism with Mr. Blotto, JohnnyV & the Killer Bees, October Road, Jay Vonn and A Bloke Named Smokey at the 6th annual charity benefit for The Northern Illinois Center for Autism! For the kids, there will be a bounce house, face painting and a drum circle. For adults, live and silent auctions and a raffle. Sunday 4/27 at noon for $20 per person at 27 Live located at 1012-1014 Church Street. Please call 855-927-5483 for more information.
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make any backyard no matter how small a haven
for birds. It's easy and relatively inexpensive. There are three main
things birds require that will keep them coming back year after year. We have
many that winter over.
necessity of course is food. Most pet
stores, hardware stores and home centers carry wild bird food. Most common wild
birds will eat the regular mix, which is usually less than a dollar a pound.
Songbirds like Cardinals like a sunflower and safflower seed mix. This is a
little more expensive so we mix it in with the regular seed. We use three types
of feeders. Tube feeders are as the name says a tube with holes with sticks for
perches. These work well for the small birds such as sparrows and finches. Mix
a little thistle seed in with the regular mix and attract finches. We have a
ground feeder for our mourning doves that cannot perch. Unfortunately the
squirrels can access this feeder so entice them away with some in shell raw
peanuts. Squirrels are inevitable. They love bird seed too. The third feeder we
have is an open hanging type you fill in the middle that feeds in to an outer
tray where the birds perch. The non perching birds will hang around on the
ground underneath to feed on the spillage.
Shelter is the next most needed aspect. Birds
need a place to flee to quickly when predators come around. Small, medium and
large bushes are great. Arrange feeders nearby. Make sure there are enough
shelter possibilities around the yard, at least five. We have two large trees,
three large evergreens, a smaller evergreen bush and a lilac. The birds use
and really the most important need for birds is water.
This is most important in the winter when natural water is scarce. Birds need
to bathe to keep their feathers clean and also to drink. There are water
heaters that use very little electricity and just keep the water from freezing.
We have ours next to the garage and feed the cord through the window. The
birdbath is flanked on either side with bushes and has a little bench so the
squirrels can reach. You can find these heaters online at garden supply stores
and where farm equipment is sold.
little planning and a small investment you can enjoy birds in your backyard for
many years to come.
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You've heard me talk about Viber and the ability to use your phone for free texting especially while overseas. In a recent move, Facebook purchased the leader in this market, WhatsApp, for $19 billion.
This cross-platform is really easy to use and allows you to send and receive messages without having to pay for a text plan. It works on all the platforms - iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and Nokia. Two if its best features are the ability to message over every platform. And you can also send images, video or audio messages. Personally, I like the choice of emoticons. WhatsApp users are not charged for the first year of using the service and then each year are charged $1.
The appeal in the merger is that WhatsApp is the leader in messaging with Facebook Messenger being number two in the smartphone market. There are no plans to make changes to WhatsApp except a focus on growth. Currently they have 450 million users, adding close to one million every day. According to Mark Zuckerberg, "don't anticipate trying to aggressively grow WhatsApp's revenue until the service reaches 'billions' of users."
WhatsApp will remain as an autonomous unit within Facebook and keep all existing employees.
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weekend brings us the Easter holiday on Sunday along with many pre-Easter
festivities for kids and adults alike that will sure keep us hoppin’ all
Chicago Park District hosts the following citywide Easter Egg Hunts this
Saturday with most events featuring treats, arts & crafts, face painting,
prizes and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny:
Good Time (12:00
Park (618 W Scott St) – Near North Side
a.m.-11:00 a.m. toddlers; 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 6-12 year olds)
Park (2210 W Pershing Rd) – McKinley Park neighborhood
Square Park (3309 S Shields Ave) – Bridgeport neighborhood
Eggstravaganza (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Park (5701 S Shields Ave) – Englewood neighborhood
activities require pre-registration as well as a small admission fee so
participants should call the individual parks for additional information.
Egg Hunt in Wonderland takes place Saturday (2:00 p.m.-4:00
p.m. & 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) at Bubbles
Academy (1504 N Freemont St) on the Near North Side. This annual egg hunt
not only features an egg hunt in their open Meadow but also offers a tea party
in the Tree House, a chance to paint roses red with the Queen of Hearts, a MAD Musical
Concert and more! Don’t forget to visit with Bubbles’ White Rabbit either!!
Easter at Wolff’s Flea Market takes place Saturday (8:00 a.m.-4:00
p.m.) at Wolff’s Flea Market (1775 N
Rand Rd) in Palatine, a suburb northwest of the City. This annual bash features
an egg hunt, fun visits with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera), crafts, face
painting, magic, games and more for the kids and over 300 vendors for the
Breakfast With The Bunny takes place Saturday (9:00 a.m. or
11:00 a.m.) at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery
Center (8400 W 31st St) in Brookfield, a suburb west of the
City. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Bunny as you enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet
and musical entertainment provided by Banjo Buddies! Then on Sunday the Discovery Center will host their Easter Champagne Brunch at
11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a gourmet brunch and musical entertainment as
well! Reservations are required for both events.
Easter Brunches in Chicago -- that are sure to please any
Easter Party Recipes -- for those hosting or need to bring
a dish for Easter Sunday dinner!
Have A Hoppin’ Easter
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Is your life overly dramatic? Maybe but it probably does not live up to the melodrama of The Strange Love of Molly Louvain! Typical story: cigarette counter sales girl meets country club boyfriend and he leaves her penniless and pregnant. How will it all end? See for yourself! Wednesday 4/23 at 7:30 p.m. for $5 per person at The Patio Theatre located at 6008 West Irving Park Road. Please call 773-685-4291 for more information.
Abracadabra! And poof! Magician Sean Masterson brings his special brand of magic to Chicago! See if you can figure out the tricks behind his outstanding performance. Sunday 4/20 at 11:30 a.m. for $16.50 per adult and $14.50 per child at Theatre Wit located at 1229 West Belmont Avenue. Please call 773-975-8150 for more information.
Spring has sprung and all you want to do is get out of the house and enjoy the warmer weather! Capture it all with a class in learning DSLR photo fundamentals and create your own photographic art. Saturday 4/19 at noon for $30 per person at Millennium Park located at 201 East Randolph Street. Please call 312-742-2963 for more information.
Looking for something a little quirky to do on date night? Watch Carmichael search for his missing hand in A Behanding in Spokane. You can imagine how everything gets really complicated when he runs into a couple selling a hand! Friday 4/18 and Saturday 4/19 at 8:00 p.m. for $15 per person at Chemically Imbalanced Theater located at 1420 West Irving Park Road. Please call 800-838-3006 for more information.
Mix together Vision, Faith & Desire and you get this beautiful modern dance inspired by choreographer Martha Graham. Tuesday 4/22 at 7:00 p.m. for $52-$65 per person at Pleasant Home, Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest located at 217 South Home Avenue. Please call 708-848-6755 for more information.
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rains will come as winter finally leaves. Although, after yesterday's snow I’m
beginning to have my doubts. Of course I’m just kidding! Spring is on our
doorstep and we need to be ready. Spring rains can be violent and dump several
inches in one storm alone. We need to make sure the rain flows away from our
homes. Water is one of the most destructive elements in nature.
make sure your gutters are clean and
flowing. This keeps the water away from your foundation while also protecting
the roof from rain splash
back that can damage your shingles. You really need to get up on the
ladder for this. Be careful!! Make sure
the ladder is on a firm level surface. Always have someone at the bottom
holding the ladder. Put the hose in the downspout and run water until all the
debris washes out the bottom. Banging on the side of the downspout will often
dislodge any stuck masses.
the drains around the house and yard to make sure they are clean. Also, clean the
area around the drains so nothing nearby will run into the drain and clog it
the city and your neighbors too. Clean the drains nearest your house in the
street and alley. If we all did this we would have very little flooding in the
streets after heavy rains. Keep water
away from the house and limit the damage.
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It's been in the news since it first came out and it's called Heartbleed. This vulnerability has been in the news for several days now and it impacts everyone.
Essentially what has happened is that there is a software used by many of our providers that encrypts information to protect it. When you log into your bank account for example, the website would read https://www.chase.com. The "s" on the URL address means that it should be secure and cannot be compromised (aka "hacked" or stolen). The underlying software that provides this security is called OpenSSL. This software is what had the leak in it. It's called Heartbleed because the extension that was vulnerable was called "heartbeat."
The thing to remember is that this is a security error and not a virus. At this point no one really knows the level of damage done. The error has been in existence for over two years. Since no one really knows if the flaw was discovered by hackers, you'll want to read all email from your service providers (banks, credit cards, ISP provider). Most of these companies have already updated the OpenSSL software to correct the problem, so be on the lookout for these emails to verify that you are safe.
In the meantime, change your passwords. This is not going to change much of the problem if the site you're visiting has not installed the security patch. What you can do is change your passwords and then in about a week, change them again. This is a frustrating time for everyone, but security is what is of the utmost importance. I'm a Firefox user and know that there is an add-on which you can use. It will check the vulnerability of a site by providing you with either a green or red light.
Finally, the most important is to continue checking your most frequently visited websites for updates. It turns out that the security breach is also something that could effect your router. Be sure to talk to Comcast, RCN, AT&T or whoever you use so that you can verify that you are protected. There are going to be some people who will try to capitalize on this situation. Do not willingly give out any personal information unless you have initiated contact with your provider.
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weekend in April is FINALLY bringing
us some spring-like temps so Chicagoans are going outdoors!
annual Race to Wrigley returns to
the legendary Wrigley Field (1060 W.
Addison Street) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood this Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Chicago
Cubs Charities kicks off the baseball season with this 5K Run which starts and
finishes under the famed Wrigley Field Marquee with this year’s proceeds
benefitting the Lurie Children’s Hospital! Also, all participants receive a
swag bag, an official 2014 long-sleeve T-shirt and a chance to win some great
prizes for their fundraising efforts such as an exclusive Wrigley 100 Hat for
the $100 fundraisers to recognition in a pre-game on-field ceremony along with
an official jersey autographed by a Chicago Cubs player for the Top Individual
Fundraiser and much more!!
The Be the Match Walk and Run
takes place this Saturday at Montrose
Harbor – Grove 16 (600 W. Montrose Avenue) in the Uptown neighborhood. This
5K/1K Run/Walk benefit helps raise funds so blood cancer patients can get a
marrow transplant they so desperately need. The Event Village opens at 8:30
a.m. with the Tot Trot at 9:45 a.m., the 5K at 10:00 a.m., the 1K at 10:05 a.m.
and the Running/Fundraising Award Ceremony at approximately 11:00 a.m. All
event participants will receive a Digital Goody Bag with an array of valuable
information, exclusive offers, coupons and sponsor messages! While you’re
there, stop by the Be The Match Connect Area in the event village and sign
their Messages of Hope banner which will tour marrow transplant centers and
registry drive events throughout the year!!
the beginning of spring, the 11th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza
returns to Soldier Field (1410 S.
Museum Campus Drive) in the South Loop this Saturday with the stadium opening
at 9:00 a.m. where families can enjoy all types of family-friendly and kid
activities such as balloon artists, face painters, inflatables and much more! Then
at 10:00 a.m. the field opens for the largest candy grab in the City!!
The Skinner Park Eggstravaganza
takes place at Skinner Park (1331 W.
Monroe Street) on the Near West Side this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Not only are there over 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes waiting
to be found by kids 12 and under (bring your own basket) but there’s also a
jumping jack, arts & crafts, games and raffles at this bash!
the new egg hunt, Community Egg Hunt at Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery Cafe (6701 W.
Forest Preserve Drive) in the Dunning neighborhood this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. While
kids under 12 search for Easter eggs (bring your own basket) their
family-members can enjoy lunch specials from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.! There is
also an egg hunt online at their website where one lucky winner will be
announced on April 16th and receive a free Eli’s Limoncello Cake!!
not least, the 11th annual Doggie Egg Hunt takes place
at Horner Park (2741 W. Montrose
Avenue) in the Albany Park neighborhood this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. Fido’s fun-filled morning includes hunting for treat-filled eggs, a
bandana, photos with the Easter bunny (available for purchase) and joining in
the bonnet parade! WOOF!!
Better Take It
Outdoors Saturday – Sunday Going To Be A Wet One!
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Ever wondered about the process of making music? Check out Nathan Dillon as he leads a two hour music making workshop for ages six and up. Start by picking up a musical instrument and be part of the group performance at the end of the day. Light snacks will be provided. Saturday 4/12 at 1:00 p.m. at the National Veterans Art Museum located at 4041 North Milwaukee Avenue. This event is FREE! Space is limited and RSVPs are highly recommended. Call 312-326-0270.
Quilt making has a long legacy in the world of art. Check out Carolyn Ducey, the Curator of the International Quilt Studies Center at the University of Nebraska, discuss the history of quilting by African American women in the South. Saturday 4/12 at 2:00 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum located at 2350 North Kenmore Avenue. This event is FREE! Please call 773-325-7506.
Calling all foodies! Pastoral is hosting the 4th Annual Artisan Producer Festival. Try hundreds of artisan products and meet makers of the delectable array of confections, cheese, cured meats, craft beers, wines from around the world and local spirits. Saturday 4/12 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Chicago French Market located at 131 North Clinton Street. This event is FREE! For more information, call 312-920-9885.
It is easy to be green! Check out Earth Cadets for organic and handmade totes, t-shirts, pillows and onesies created by Krissy Callahan. Nibble on bites and sip on drinks while shopping and learning more about green home cleaning tips. Saturday 4/12 at 2:00 p.m. at Neighborly located at 2003 West Montrose Avenue. This event is FREE! Please call 773-840-2456 for more info.
History teaches us many things and the latest food revolution has taken us back to the time of "farm to table". How about during the 1860s? Check out How the Civil War Changed Food in America by Dr. Bruce Kraig. Sunday 4/13 at 4:00 p.m. for $5-$7 per person at Naper Settlement located at 523 South Webster Street. Please call 630-420-6010 for details.
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Just as we watch out for weeds emerging from our lawns we also need to keep an eye on our trees for dangerous insects that appear in spring. Early action will take care of these pests before they overrun the entire tree. Following are three common pests we see in the Midwest.
Gypsy moths first appear as small egg masses about an inch by an inch and a half wide. They are tan to yellowish brown in color. Carefully scrape them off and try not to take off much bark. Plunge them into soapy water to kill them. Gypsy moths cause additional problems to humans as they can cause allergic reactions in those that are sensitive. Use gloves and a mask if you have severe allergies.
One of two pests that feed on evergreens and deciduous trees are called bagworms. Caterpillars feed during the summer on leaves and needles. They leave behind an egg sack that looks a lot like a pinecone that holds about a 1,000 eggs! They are easier to see in the spring before full leaf out. Cut them off well before June.
Some insects are harder to spot. Zimmerman moths have larvae that feed under the bark. Probably the only evidence you will see is a white or pinkish pitch that drips down the bark. This will weaken the branches till they break. You can apply insecticide in spring and fall but here sometimes a good offense is more important than a good defense. Many insects are attracted to weak and stressed trees. Make sure your trees have enough food and water to thrive and be healthy.
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Every once in a while you hear about these amazing stories and simply have to share. Kristoffer von Hassel, aged 5, found a security vulnerability in his Dad's Xbox One this past March.
While doing something he knew he shouldn't, young Kristoffer wanted to play a game on his father's Xbox but could not initially get in. When asked for a password, he hit the space bar multiple times and then hit enter. That's all it took and Kristoffer was playing the game he was not supposed to be playing. The irony of the situation is that Kristoffer was nervous he would get in trouble so he confessed.
Thankfully Dad is a computer programmer and they reported the bug to Microsoft. Microsoft took this breach seriously and created a patch in the March updates while also giving Kristoffer a security researcher credit.
When interviewed by the local news, Kristoffer's reaction, "I'm gonna be famous."
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April! You know we’re heading in the right direction when Chicago’s high temps
stay consistently above 32° with wind chills no longer below zero!! But, we’re not yet where we should be, or want
to be, so to help shed the weight of ‘ole man winter and get us
going in the right direction, here’s what’s up this weekend.
laughter is the best medicine, and there’s no better way to shed ‘ole man
winter than at the 17th annual Chicago
Improv Festival being held at various locations
throughout Chicago such as the Annoyance
Theater (4830 N. Broadway Street) in the Uptown neighborhood, the UP Comedy Club (230 W. North Avenue) in
the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Chemically
Imbalanced Theater (1420 W. Irving Park Road) in the Lakeview neighborhood,
ph Productions (1515 W. Berwyn
Avenue) in the Andersonville neighborhood, Second
City (1616 N. Wells Street) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and many
others. This week-long, largest and longest running festival wraps-up this
weekend with a variety of improv shows, workshops and short films. And, since
improv comes without a script, there’s a good chance you’ll laugh so hard your
stomach will hurt, tears will be running down your face and/or your beverage
will be shooting out of your mouth, or maybe even your nostrils! HA-HA-HA ….
year to the Windy City’s running events is the Chicago
Quarter Marathon this Saturday (9:15 a.m.) at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus
Drive) in the South Loop. This 6.55-mile run will take you south along the Lake
Michigan shoreline and loop back to Soldier Field for a post-race party with
snacks, awards and live entertainment! Also, all those participating in the run
will receive a gender-specific, full-zip embroidered fleece. But best of all,
this event benefits “Prevent Child Abuse America!!” It’s time to put the boots away and dust off those running shoes!
annual House of Cards Casino Night
takes place at the Chop Shop (2033 W.
North Avenue) in the Wicker Park neighborhood on Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to
11:00 p.m. Hosted by the Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Associate Board,
this event will benefit children of low-income families by featuring an evening
of blackjack, craps, roulette and more along with hors d’ouevres, cocktails,
live music, dancing, raffles, silent auctions and more!
finally, with Easter right-around corner, there’s no better time than the
present to begin celebrating spring at these events –
Autism Awareness Easter Hunt features two egg hunts, one outside
and one in the pool, at the Irving Park
YMCA (4251 W. Irving Park Road) in the Irving Park neighborhood this Saturday
from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. But there’s more featured at this 2nd
annual Easter hunt such as arts & crafts, sensory tables, obstacle courses,
family yoga and more!
Egg-stravaganza Dog Easter Egg Hunt held at Rex’s Place (2120 Ashland Avenue) in Evanston on Saturday from 1:00
p.m. to 3:00 p.m. which features an egg hunt for Fido (eggs filled with dog
biscuits and toys) and their human (eggs filled with chocolate bars and
restaurant gift certificates) and more! Plus, photos with the Easter bunny are
available for $5 with all money being raised at this event going directly to the
homeless rabbits at Red Door!
GO FOR IT! Shed
‘Ole Man Winter Already – I AM!!!
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Where can you get SIX full hours of entertainment for $15? Check out the Regulus Coffee House Company Fundraiser featuring performances of all kinds including bands, burlesque, object flow/manipulation, live art, lyrical flow and much much more!
It’s the time of year again! Spring is in the air, you’ve got a pep in your step, ready to hear the crack of the bat and hope springs eternal for all Cubbie fans that this is their year! Celebrate opening day with smoke the goat out of it and enjoy a delicious lunch buffet and live music. Saturday 4/4 at 10:00 a.m. at Sheffield’s located at 3258 North Sheffield Avenue.
Celebrate the renovation of a perennial South Loop favorite watering spot, Bar Louie. A new look, new menu and a bunch of new beers. Enjoy $2 drafts and $2 signature martinis!
Friday 4/4 opening at 11:00 a.m. at Bar Louie Dearborn Station at Printers Row located at 47 West Polk Street.
Local craft beers are all the rage and Half Acre Beer Company has been at the forefront! Learn more about the company’s brewing process and history, sample some favorites and seasonal beers. Tickets include a souvenir pint glass. Saturday 4/5 at 11:00 a.m. for $10 per person at the Half Acre Beer Company located at 4257 North Lincoln Avenue. Please call 773-248-4038.
Vedic Cultural Society invites all to partake in the Festival of Colors! Celebrate the rite of passage from winter to spring with fabulous ethnic food, live music and the throwing of brightly colored flour at each other! Saturday 4/5 at 11:00 p.m. at the Naperville Riverwalk located at 100 West Jackson Avenue. This event is FREE! Please call 630-355-5468 for more information.
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surely been the worst
winter in my memory. There have been snowier and colder but not many
with the long combination of both. But there seems to be a light at the end of
the tunnel. Pussy Willows are opening and many bushes and trees are starting to
easier to deal with weeds before they grow than try and deal with them after
they’ve taken over the entire lawn. Here we use a product called a pre-emergent.
This actually prevents weeds from growing and obliterating all your healthy
is the time to put this product down to stop the weeds ready to emerge with
this little bit of warm weather coming. There are different brands but one of
the most popular and the one I am most familiar with is Scotts© Turf Builder
with Halts Crabgrass Preventative. Despite the name it does prevent several
different weeds, not just crabgrass, while giving the lawn some much needed
food. The grass has been dormant for quite a long time and needs some food for
the lawn before applying the Halts. There is a lot of crud left on the lawn
after the snow melt. Take the time to vigorously rake. First time through you will
rake up all the debris and remove it. The second time you will pull up the
grass and roughen up the soil a bit. Using a broadcast
spreader distribute the fertilizer evenly. Follow package directions
for rate of flow for your lawn. Slightly overlap each row. Walk at a normal
disturb the Halts or the soil for six weeks. However, you can add top soil
mixed with sand as the grass starts to grow. After the six weeks you can start
growing grass. Any earlier and the Halts won’t allow germination. Check this product out at www.scotts.com.
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