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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 05:11 pm

Swimming is just the beginning

With the passage of Labor Day comes the end of sizzling heat, but never, it seems, exactly on time, at least if you have a swimming pool in your backyard.Our pool closed one week after the summer-endi...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:55 pm
Most tree and shrub species can be successfully planted in the fall, from October until the ground freezes, or in the spring. At these times of the year the tree is dormant or going dormant. Before yo...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:50 pm
Homeowners hoping to spread their wings around the house are increasingly heading downstairs to create more living space. Whether it’s for a home office, a home theater room, a playroom for the ...
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 04:42 pm
Smarter use of existing space can transform a home into a more pleasant living area. Combining smaller rooms or areas, dividing larger rooms, finishing an attic or basement, converting one room into a...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 04:16 pm
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, lawn and garden watering makes up nearly 40 percent of total household water use during the summer. One way to reduce outdoor water usag...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 12:24 pm

Beautify your landscape while supporting wildlife with native plants

Early in the 20th century, Jens Jensen, the landscape designer of Springfield’s Lincoln Memorial Garden, and groups such as the Friends of Our Native Landscape and The Prairie Club, began extoll...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 07:43 am
The summer growing season has not been kind to gardens, noted a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Hot temperatures, dry soils, pots that needed watering two or three times...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 05:47 am
Often buying a home opens up a bottomless pit of opportunities for projects and improvements. While some homeowners engage in different repairs and fix-ups out of necessity, many others like to freshe...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 02:17 am
While our landscapes received a good drink of water in September, we need more rain. The most important investment in your landscape is trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs entering winter without adequ...

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