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Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:31 pm
Spraying chemical fertilizers and pesticides on lawns is like giving kids junk food, says landscape designer Cathy Bilow. They’ll be invigorated for a while, but eventually they’ll crash a...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:30 pm

Better yet, don’t buy it in the first place

Abby Walden believes that before Springfield residents start to consider recycling their trash, they should first be aware of the goods they are purchasing.“Products that cannot be reused, you s...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:28 pm

Ways to cut costs and save energy

Starting in July, the U.S. Department of Energy has new regulations to upgrade old, inefficient, mercury-laden fluorescent light bulbs. About 500 million of the lights, called T12, need to be replaced...
Thursday, April 19, 2012 03:28 pm

Be green – help keep the earth healthy.

ONGOINGOversized Items DisposalCity homeowners can schedule a free home pickup of items such as mattresses, furniture or appliances. Call Allied Waste, 522-7797. Residents limited to one free pickup o...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 05:41 pm

A roaring fireplace is one of winter’s most enduring images

What warms the hearth may not always be good for the environment – here’s a look at eco-friendly fireplace options.It may look pretty, but according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Ag...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 02:41 pm

Follow these steps to avoid the trouble spots and end up with the kitchen of your dreams

Ensure a happy and successful kitchen remodel by planning ahead, researching features and keeping expectations in check. 1. Take time to planPlanning is a critical step in any remodeling project, and ...
Thursday, April 21, 2011 10:51 am

Now is the time to invest in renewables

If you’re considering adding solar energy to your home, now may be a good time to do it. Solar panel prices are low because demand slumped after the financial crisis of 2008, when the renewables...
Thursday, April 21, 2011 08:17 am
It looked so easy. After all, how hard could it be? You bury a few seeds, dump some water on them and wait, right? Apparently not. I must confess that I have failed at one of the most basic and essent...

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