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Backyarding Trends

The TurfMutt Foundation Predicts “Backyarding” To Become Permanent Trend

“Backyarding,” the new trend to move many indoor activities–from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation–to the great outdoors, is growing. Under pandemic conditions, yards and other managed landscapes became a safe haven for social gatherings, celebrating milestones/holidays, working, studying, playing, exercising, relaxing.  
 
“Your own backyard is nearly limitless with possibilities, and homeowners got really creative as they expanded and enjoyed their yards over the last year,” said Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the TurfMutt Foundation. “We predict, long after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, our yards will become an even greater part of our lives. The notion of ‘backyarding’ is here to stay.” 
 
In 2020, home improvements – many of them in the backyard – skyrocketed. So did the demand for outdoor power equipment as homeowners invested in making their outdoor spaces fabulous, functional and flourishing. Overall, shipments of outdoor power equipment increased 16 percent in 2020.
 
“Expect people to continue to invest in their outdoor life this coming spring,” said Kiser. “Many homeowners who put time and effort into their landscapes last year will be rewarded when that yard comes back to life this spring. But, even if you did little last year, it’s never too late to start – just start.”  
 
Here are some ways to bring more “backyarding” into your life:  
 
1.    Invest in your yard. Design a dream lawn and garden. Consider its purpose. Don’t design just for aesthetics. Do you have kids and pets who need a place to play? Will you be hosting safe gatherings? Do you need a place for rest and relaxation and/or games and recreation?
 
2.    Get the whole family involved. Create a game or a friendly competition with your family to help identify all the ways you can move your indoor life to the great outdoors – and right out your backdoor. Can you take office calls and video meetings to the patio or porch? Can your kids do their online learning outdoors? How often can you take dining outside? Keeping safety in mind, can you gather outdoors for family celebrations, birthdays, graduations and reunions? 
 
3.    Plant something—as early as you can. (Or plant more). Adding trees, bushes, grass and flowering plants is a good yard investment, but they often take time to grow. Plant as early as recommended so you can enjoy the benefits faster.  Just remember “right plant, right place.”  Location, maintenance, sunlight and watering needs should all be considered, as well as your climate zone.
 
4.    Stretch winter-weary muscles. Take workouts, yoga classes and meditation sessions outdoors. You also can let off some steam by mowing the grass, trimming the hedges, or edging the lawn. Working in the yard not only helps our living landscapes look better and stay healthy, it also gives us a sense of accomplishment and control in trying times. 
 
5.    Plan a staycation. A makeshift “resort” or vacation spot could be just out your back door. Pitch a tent, build a campfire, hang a sheet between trees to make a movie screen, set up games – these are just a few ideas to make the backyard a vacation spot. 
 
6. “Level up” nature care. Add flowering plants, trees and shrubs to give wildlife and pollinators food and shelter. Your yard is part of the larger ecosystem, so check your climate zone for landscaping options that support your birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Don’t forget to take time to just sit and drink it in, observing the wildlife and nature around you.
 
Research shows simply spending time in nature – which starts in your backyard – is good for reducing stress, boosting heart health, boosting Vitamin D levels, and enhancing memory.  Thanks to the family yard, the health and well-being benefits of being outside are just a few steps away.
 
To learn more, go to TurfMutt

Mat Kerekes Releases Album “Ruby”

Toledo, OH singer-songwriter Mat Kerekes has released his new album Ruby, via Black Cement Records. The album is available digitally HERE and physically HERE starting today.  

Best known as lead vocalist of celebrated alt rock band Citizen, Kerekes presents his softer side and showcases his versatility as a singer-songwriter on his new solo material. Incorporating elements of pop and alternative, Ruby boasts massive choruses, dynamic arrangements, and infectious melodies. 

Kerekes began writing and demoing Ruby at home with no particular goal in mind besides self-expression. However once longtime collaborator Will Yip heard the demos, he asked that Kerekes consider releasing them on his newly formed Elektra Music Group sub-label Black Cement Records. Kerekes tracked most of the instruments himself, and produced and engineered Ruby in a studio that he built with his brother in his garage. 

Since I recorded and produced the album myself, without having anyone talking in my ear, it honestly makes me feel more personally attached to it. It feels like mine,” shared Kerekes. 

Ruby follows 2016’s Luna & The Wilde Blue Everything as Kerekes’ fourth solo album. Kerekes began unveiling songs from the album late last year with the release of title track “Ruby”. In February, he shared the album’s anthemic second single “Diamonds”. Kerekes collaborated with director Johnny Chew on music videos for both tracks, and is expected to release an additional music video for “Hawthorne” in the coming weeks. 

Last month, Kerekes wrapped a headline tour that saw him debut songs from Ruby to sold-out rooms across North America. This evening, he will celebrate the release of the album with a hometown in-store performance at Toledo, OH’s Culture Clash Records. Upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE

Ruby Tracklisting

1. Ruby

2. Young

3. Diamonds

4. Autumn Dress

5. They Appear At Night

6. Hawthorne

7. Welcome To Crystal Cres

8. Spider Silk

9. One For The Wildflowers

10. An Ode

Mat Kerekes Releases “Ruby” Music Video

Toledo, OH singer-songwriter Mat Kerekes has released a music video for “Ruby”, the lead single off his forthcoming solo album, expected later this year. The music video, which sees Kerekes perform the song alongside his newly assembled live band, is out now HERE.

Ruby” was released last December alongside the announcement that Kerekes had signed to producer Will Yip’s Elektra Music Group sub-label Black Cement Records. His forthcoming album will follow Tiger Jaw’s heralded 2017 album Spin as the label’s second release. Earlier this month, Kerekes treated fans to an early listen of the album’s second single “Diamonds” and shared a surreal accompanying music video. Watch it HERE.

Best known as lead vocalist of celebrated alt rock band Citizen, Kerekes presents his softer side and showcases his versatility as a singer-songwriter on his new solo material. Incorporating elements of pop and alternative, his upcoming album boasts massive choruses, dynamic arrangements, and infectious melodies.

This evening, Kerekes will kick off a month-long North American tour in Cleveland, OH. Jetty Bones and Jacob Sigman will provide support. Tickets for the tour are available now. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

Mat Kerekes “Diamonds” and North American Tour

Toledo, OH singer-songwriter Mat Kerekes has shared “Diamonds”, the anthemic second single off his forthcoming solo album, expected later this year. The track is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Kerekes also released a surreal music video for the song, directed by Johnny Chew. Watch it HERE.

Best known as lead vocalist of celebrated alt rock band Citizen, Kerekes presents his softer side and showcases his versatility as a singer-songwriter on his new solo material. Incorporating elements of pop and alternative, his upcoming album boasts massive choruses, dynamic arrangements, and infectious melodies.

Last December, Kerekes announced his signing to producer Will Yip’s Elektra Music Group sub-label Black Cement Records and shared the single “Ruby”, his first new solo music since 2016’s Lune & The Wild Blue Everything. The song is available to stream and download now HERE. Kerekes’ forthcoming album will follow Tigers Jaw’s heralded 2017 album Spin as the label’s second release.

Later this month, Kerekes will hit the road on a North American tour that will kick off on February 28 in Cleveland, OH and wrap on March 29 in Chicago, IL. Jetty Bones and Jacob Sigman will provide support. Tickets for the tour are available now. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

Mat Kerekes North American Tour Dates:

February 28, 2019 – Cleveland, OH – Mahalls

March 01, 2019 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room

March 02, 2019 – Toronto, ON – Hardluck Bar

March 03, 2019 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk

March 05, 2019 – Boston, MA – Sinclair

March 06, 2019 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

March 07, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits

March 08, 2019 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd

March 09, 2019 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

March 10, 2019 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

March 12, 2019 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar

March 13, 2019 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

March 15, 2019 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

March 17, 2019 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

March 19, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge

March 20, 2019 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues

March 21, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

March 22, 2019 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill

March 25, 2019 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

March 26, 2019 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

March 28, 2019 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway

March 29, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen