IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Wed, 16 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Renewable resources for your residence - Straight talk about solar, wind and geothermal http://illinoistimes.com/article-12843-renewable-resources-for-your-residence.html Renewable resources for your residence - Straight talk about solar, wind and geothermal
“A lot of people tell me they’d like to get off the grid,” says Bob Croteau, renewable program coordinator for City Water, Light and Power. “That’s really one of the wors...]]>
Saving personal energy by living downtown - Put away the car. Sell the lawnmower. And walk. http://illinoistimes.com/article-12844-saving-personal-energy-by-living-downtown.html Saving personal energy by living downtown - Put away the car. Sell the lawnmower. And walk.
Joan Walters has been around the world, and it shows in her spacious downtown apartment. Nearly every square foot of wall, door or floor features a different artifact – perhaps a tribal mask, a ...]]>
A pool for all seasons - Swimming is just the beginning http://illinoistimes.com/article-12845-a-pool-for-all-seasons.html A pool for all seasons - 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...]]>
Planning to plant a tree http://illinoistimes.com/article-12846-planning-to-plant-a-tree.html Planning to plant a tree
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...]]>
Your basement need not be damp and drab http://illinoistimes.com/article-12847-your-basement-need-not-be-damp-and-drab.html Your basement need not be damp and drab
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 ...]]>
Hardwood floors set the tone in today’s contemporary homes http://illinoistimes.com/article-12848-hardwood-floors-set-the-tone-in-todayrss-contemporary-homes.html Hardwood floors set the tone in today’s contemporary homes
In the wide open spaces we find in today’s contemporary homes, every centimeter counts and the floor’s role is more important than ever – it is the room’s focal point and the e...]]>
Creating more usable space in your home http://illinoistimes.com/article-12849-creating-more-usable-space-in-your-home.html Creating more usable space in your home
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...]]>
Home sweet ‘green’ home http://illinoistimes.com/article-11250-home-sweet-lsgreenrs-home.html Home sweet ‘green’ home
When Harv Koplo and Annette Chinuge met at Sangamon State University during the 1970s they had no idea their interest in preserving the earth would lead them to become pioneers for sustainable living ...]]>
Beat the heat with less air conditioning http://illinoistimes.com/article-11251-beat-the-heat-with-less-air-conditioning.html Beat the heat with less air conditioning
It doesn’t seem possible, but 60 years ago people survived without air conditioning. Not only did they survive, but they may have even enjoyed life more, since they actually went outside in summ...]]>
New and recommended flowers and vegetables http://illinoistimes.com/article-11252-new-and-recommended-flowers-and-vegetables.html New and recommended flowers and vegetables
There seems to be an award for everything, whether it is for the best picture, best actor, best country music video or best automobile for 2013, and gardening is no exception, said a University of Ill...]]>
Grow spinach, tasty, cool and easy http://illinoistimes.com/article-11253-grow-spinach-tasty-cool-and-easy.html Grow spinach, tasty, cool and easy
The arrival of yellow daffodils, green lawns and garden fresh salad are sure signs of spring. Leafy greens are among the easiest vegetables to grow, according to a University of Illinois Extension hor...]]>
Rain barrels save dollars and make sense http://illinoistimes.com/article-11254-rain-barrels-save-dollars-and-make-sense.html Rain barrels save dollars and make sense
The drought of 2012 took a great toll, not only on the plants in the garden, but also on the gardener’s wallet. “It was tough for some gardeners to decide which plants to water and which t...]]>
Another dry gardening season? http://illinoistimes.com/article-11255-another-dry-gardening-season.html Another dry gardening season?
Gardeners were really glad to see the cooler weather and some rainfall at the end of the 2012 gardening season. The question is whether 2013 will be any better, said a University of Illinois Extension...]]>
Backyard biodiversity - Beautify your landscape while supporting wildlife with native plants http://illinoistimes.com/article-10482-backyard-biodiversity.html Backyard biodiversity - 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...]]>
Fall gardening activites http://illinoistimes.com/article-10485-fall-gardening-activites.html Fall gardening activites
Although summer may be drawing to a close, gardening time is far from over, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “Fall is the ideal time for some kinds of planting a...]]>
Be energywise and economize. Winterize. http://illinoistimes.com/article-10492-be-energywise-and-economize-winterize.html Be energywise and economize. Winterize.
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 ...]]>
Soil test this fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-10493-soil-test-this-fall.html Soil test this fall
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...]]>
Financing a home improvement project http://illinoistimes.com/article-10494-financing-a-home-improvement-project.html Financing a home improvement project
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...]]>
Cool color from cabbages and kales http://illinoistimes.com/article-10495-cool-color-from-cabbages-and-kales.html Cool color from cabbages and kales
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...]]>
Seven inexpensive ways to update a home now http://illinoistimes.com/article-10496-seven-inexpensive-ways-to-update-a-home-now.html Seven inexpensive ways to update a home now
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...]]>
Give your trees a good drink http://illinoistimes.com/article-10497-give-your-trees-a-good-drink.html Give your trees a good drink
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...]]>
Conserve water with rain barrels http://illinoistimes.com/article-10498-conserve-water-with-rain-barrels.html Conserve water with rain barrels
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...]]>
Green lighting - Ways to cut costs and save energy http://illinoistimes.com/article-9908-green-lighting.html Green lighting - 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...]]>
Green houses - How to make your home greener, save money and improve your health http://illinoistimes.com/article-9909-green-houses.html Green houses - How to make your home greener, save money and improve your health
Homeowners can’t escape to-do lists – weekend chores, long-term DIY projects, or even plans and designs for building a dream home from the ground up. A growing number of homeowners are add...]]>
Recycling opportunities grow - Better yet, don't buy it in the first place http://illinoistimes.com/article-9912-recycling-opportunities-grow.html Recycling opportunities grow - 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...]]>
Feeding the soil builds sustainable lawns http://illinoistimes.com/article-9915-feeding-the-soil-builds-sustainable-lawns.html Feeding the soil builds sustainable lawns
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...]]>
Community gardens for a healthier city - Once-blighted properties now grow food http://illinoistimes.com/article-9916-community-gardens-for-a-healthier-city.html Community gardens for a healthier city - Once-blighted properties now grow food
In eras past, gardens were ubiquitous in America. During both world wars, gardens were wielded like a weapon, with millions of “Victory Gardens” planted in both private and public spaces a...]]>
Plant rhubarb for decades of desserts http://illinoistimes.com/article-9917-plant-rhubarb-for-decades-of-desserts.html Plant rhubarb for decades of desserts
Some of my favorite spring vegetables include lettuce, spinach, asparagus and rhubarb.One of my favorite spring desserts is a slice of warm rhubarb pie with ice cream. Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum, is a...]]>
Earth Day and garden event calendar - Be green – help keep the earth healthy. http://illinoistimes.com/article-9920-earth-day-and-garden-event-calendar.html Earth Day and garden event calendar - 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...]]>
Light your fire the eco-friendly way - A roaring fireplace is one of winter's most enduring images http://illinoistimes.com/article-9112-light-your-fire-the-eco-friendly-way.html Light your fire the eco-friendly way - 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...]]>