Monthly Archives: July 2011

GR “Top 100 Places to Live”

Annual listing from RelocateAmerica

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – It has made the Top 100 but could become a Top 10 nominee with your help.

RelocateAmerica has named Grand Rapids as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2011. This is the organization’s 14th annual listing of top communities in the United States.

“We are thrilled to rank in RelocateAmerica’s Top 100 Places to Live. Such a designation speaks to our community’s pride, diversity, innovation and remarkable quality of life not found in most cities,” Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small said in a news release.

Now residents can post content, photos and videos that showcase the city for the Top 10 application process. The deadline for submissions is July 31 and the results will be released August 2.

“I encourage you to participate by submitting content that highlights our great city and why we deserve the recognition,” Small said.

“West Michigan is quickly becoming a national and international destination for growing businesses and talent,” said Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place, Inc. “The innovative companies and talent of the future are locating in cities that are engaged, vibrant and unique. RelocateAmerica is providing the Grand Rapids community with a platform to speak to the special quality of life that is Grand Rapids.”

Rick Baker, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, recently relocated to Grand Rapids from Illinois.

“As a newer member of the community, it makes perfect sense to me that Grand Rapids would earn a spot on this list,” Baker said. “Our business community is strong, we have a diverse mix of industries in the area, and our cultural and civic institutions are thriving. We have a lot to be proud of in this city, and I’m sure that will come through in process of voting for the Top 10.”

“Community pride is a good indicator of great leadership and a mark of what makes it a great place to live, work and play,” said RelocateAmerica President Steve Nickerson.

It’s a great time to buy or build on or Sables New Energy Efficient Homes.

Help your lawn beat the heat

Dry, hot weather negatively impacting local lawns.

The continued hot, dry weather we are experiencing is taking its toll on area lawns.  Using a summer fertilizer will promote the health of your turf by providing necessary nutrients along with weed and insect control.  It’s helpful to continue with a regularly scheduled application and following the provided dry weather tips.

During dry weather, professional lawn care is more important than ever

It’s important that you adhere to a regularly scheduled program.  A delayed or skipped application will deprive your lawn of essential care it needs during this stressful time.  At TruGreen, we’re working to ensure that your lawn survives this weather, here’s how.

  • Fertilizer. We will adjust your fertilization program to accomodate current weather conditions and make sure your lawn is receiving the right amount of nutrients, at the right time.  As moisture levels improve, your lawn will recover more quickly if properly fertilized
  • Weed Control. During hot, dry conditions, weeds are often more visible because their deep root system allows them to survive longer than your grass.  Using a weed control fertilizer will help prevent this and may require several applications as directed.
  • Insect Control. Damage from some insects, such as sod webworm and chinch bug, is more severe in dry weather because the lawn is growing at a slower rate or not at all.  This makes your lawn less able to recover from their damaging effects.  Because insect damage can be hidden by or mimic drought conditions, you may want to consult with a local grass specialist.
  • Consultation. Your specialist will evaluate your lawn’s condition and determine its needs at each visit.  He/she is also available to answer questions to take the guesswork out of caring for your lawn.

Dry weather tips

WATERING - Watering is critical to the health of your lawn especially during times such as these.  It is important that you follow one of the two watering plans listed below.  Your choice will depend on local watering restrictions and/or your expectations for your lawn.  Once you pick one of these plans – stick with it.  If you alternate between the two or fail to water correctly, it could result in damage to your turf.

Plan 1.   To maintain a green, healthy lawn

  • Apply 1 inch of water to all areas of your lawn once or twice a week.  To measure, set a container that is at least one inch tall (such as a tuna can) in the sprinkler’s pattern.  Move the sprinkler only after the water reaches the one inch mark, not before.
  • If you have an automatic irrigation system, follow this procedure to determine the correct time to set each station.
  • Please pay special attention to sunny and high use areas, and along curbs, sidewalks, and slopes.  They require more water than other parts of your lawn.

Plan 2. To protect your lawn from permanent damage

  • If watering restrictions or bans do not allow weekly watering, or if you choose    not to water regularly, a light watering or rainfall of one half inch every two weeks will minimize permanent damage to your lawn.  This should supply just enough moisture to keep the grass plants alive without greening up the lawn.

MOWING – Mow only if the grass is growing.

  • Mow in the evening to reduce stress on your lawn.  Mowing wilted grass during the hot part of the day can cause additional damage to the lawn.
  • Make sure the mower blade is sharp and set to its highest setting.

USING YOUR LAWN – If possible, minimize the use of a severely wilted or brown lawn to reduce damage to the already weakened grass plants.

Things to do in Rockford MI


Farmers Market, Every Saturday, 8am-1pm,  Corner of N Main & W Bridge (Ends September 29th)

Harvest Fest Starts September 23rd and lasts 3 weekends until October 9th

Rockford will celebrate the harvest three weekends with its annual Harvest Fest. It will be three weekends packed with fun and activities for the entire family. The three weekends – Family Fun, Heritage and Children’s Weekends – each have their own line up of events sure to help families discover the fun of a good old fashioned celebration. Be sure to check out all the new activities this year! Some of the events for all three weekends include the popular Make-It-And-Take-It Scarecrow Building and hay rides.

Click here for the Harvest Fest Brochure

Family Fun Weekend, September 23, 24, 25

Heritage Weekend, October 1, 2

Children’s Weekend, October 8, 9

For a calendar of events go to