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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...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 09:24 pm
After years of funny financing and few limitations on loans, banks and other lenders have tightened up their lending policies. As a result, homeowners considering a home improvement project might need...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 04:11 pm
A good place to start reducing your carbon footprint is at home. If you make a few tracks around the house in areas you rarely tread, you might be surprised at what you find and how much you can save ...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 06:56 am
Testing the soil in a vegetable garden is quickly done, and the benefits are long-term. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Richard Hentschel said that if the soil is right, gardene...

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