10 Safe Tailgating Tips

Tailgating Football Fans.

It’s football season in Oakland County and that means lots of friends, food, football, and fun! While having fun, throwing the old pigskin around, and connecting with friends and fans, it’s important to stay safe. Use these tips to avoid injuries and help make your day run a little smoother.

      1. Don’t leave grills unattended to avoid accidents such as hoses coming loose and coals being bumped and spilled.
      2. Pack a charged fire extinguisher and first aid kit in case of emergency.
      3. Bring sunscreen to avoid the after effects of a sunburn. Also pack bottles of water, or bring full reusable bottles to prevent dehydration.
      4. Hiding valuables during a game will prevent potential thieves from breaking in to steal your belongings.
      5. Bringing garbage bags to dispose of trash properly will help you to avoid a mess with animals, and will help you remember everything when packing up.
      6. Check your coal temperature and dispose appropriately. Hot coals don’t mix well with garbage and can start a fire quickly.
      7. Don’t get too anxious and under cook meats. Make sure they are the proper temperature to pull and serve.
      8. Don’t pack the car too full. Make sure all windows are clear to see drivers and walkers.
      9. Pack perishable food with plenty of ice in an insulated cooler to avoid any meat from spoiling and causing illness.
      10. Don’t allow food to sit out once it has been served, saving food in a cooler will prevent bugs and illness. Stored food can also provide second helpings for a hungry gang after the game.

Tailgating is fun for friends, family, and even foes. It’s a great way to connect with people around you and have a great day. Don’t ruin the fun with an avoidable mistake! Stay safe with these tips.

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Fall Gardening?

Kids gardening

Fall isn’t just for cider mills and haunted houses! It’s the perfect time to prepare and prune your lawn and gardens for next year. While we’d all love to stuff ourselves with donuts and cider, or run through a corn maze, taking time before Michigan freezes will help you next Spring. Use this checklist for your lawn, vegetable and flower garden to make sure you’re fully prepared.

Vegetable Garden Checklist

  • Do your plants thrive in the heat of summer, or in colder temperatures with less daylight? Determine Fall vegetables to harvest before Winter comes.
  • If your vegetable garden won’t grow in time, then pot plant your vegetables. The pots can be brought in when it’s too cold.
  • If your vegetable seeds didn’t make it into the ground in time, seeds stored in the freezer correctly will last for years.
  • Fall vegetable gardens can keep tasty food in your home through the winter if planted correctly.

Garden Checklist:

  • If you fertilize your soil, doing so in October or November will prove to be most beneficial for the root system.
  • Don’t fertilize too late, as you don’t want new growth when plants should be dormant.
  • Leave your mowed leaves on the grass to provide organic matter for flowerbeds.
  • Plant hardy bulbs such as: daffodils, tulips, crocuses, irises and peonies. This will give them time to plant their roots for the Spring.
  • Plan on dividing your flower beds, do so every two to three years to allow the proper time for growth.

Lawn Care:

  • Readjust your mowing height to cut grass shorter and avoid grass being matted down during the winter.
  • Fertilize cool-season grasses to keep them green and healthy for the Spring.
  • Have a problem spot in your lawn? Work to repair this in the Fall to allow it time to rejuvenate for Spring.
  • Mulch or rake leaves to avoid smothering grass.
  • Don’t forget to prep your sprinkler and irrigation system for the winter by draining the lines.

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Rattlesnake Run: Sunday October 11

Wilder Side of Oakland County

Oakland Sheriff Deputies patrolling Paint Creek Trail.

This Sunday, October 11th is the exciting and family friendly Rattlesnake Run 5K Run/Walk. It takes place on the beautiful Paint Creek Trail and is sponsored by the Michigan Nature Association.  The $30 Rattlesnake Run entry fee on race day promotes efforts to preserve habitats for the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake, a species of special concern in Michigan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the species as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. Continue reading

Not-So-Haunted Family Fun

Four young friends on Halloween in costumes eating donuts hanging off strings.

The ghouls, goblins, and ghosts are coming to Oakland County, but Halloween doesn’t have to be all screams and terror. There are plenty of pumpkin patches, donuts, cider, and fun that doesn’t scare the pants off your family. Use our 2015 Family Friendly Halloween attraction guide to find just the right place. Make sure to check hours and locations for the day before you head out! Continue reading