IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Tue, 04 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-15343-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
Get Your Roses Ready for the SeasonApril 16, 5:30pm. Barney Bruzetti on getting your roses off to a good start and keeping them beautiful all summer. 30 minute presentation followed by Q&A session...]]>
Save your basement with an overhead sewer line http://illinoistimes.com/article-15344-save-your-basement-with-an-overhead-sewer-line.html Save your basement with an overhead sewer line
 April showers bring May flowers, and they can also bring nasty basement flooding.Springfield’s older neighborhoods face an increased risk of sewer backups in the spring and summer, but homeown...]]>
The Greenest of Springfield Awards - Group promotes sustainability among small businesses http://illinoistimes.com/article-15345-the-greenest-of-springfield-awards.html The Greenest of Springfield Awards - Group promotes sustainability among small businesses
 Sustainable Springfield Incorporated has announced its newest sustainability program for area small businesses, The Greenest of Springfield Awards. The program aims to raise awareness for busine...]]>
Add value to your home with these renovations http://illinoistimes.com/article-15346-add-value-to-your-home-with-these-renovations.html Add value to your home with these renovations
Homeowners choose renovation projects for a variety of reasons. Although many improvements are made to increase functionality and comfort of a home, several others are seen as worthwhile investments. ...]]>
Dos and don’ts of kitchen remodels http://illinoistimes.com/article-15347-dos-and-don%25E2%2580%2599ts-of-kitchen-remodels.html Dos and don’ts of kitchen remodels
According to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report,” a major kitchen remodeling project should enable homeowners to recoup 74.2 percent of their initial investments. Kitchen renovations h...]]>
Renovating a historic home http://illinoistimes.com/article-15348-renovating-a-historic-home.html Renovating a historic home
 Living in an historic home can be a labor of love. The history and the distinct architecture of historic homes draw buyers to such properties, but what historic homes have in regard to history t...]]>
The benefits of hiring a landscaper http://illinoistimes.com/article-15349-the-benefits-of-hiring-a-landscaper.html The benefits of hiring a landscaper
The flowers are blooming, and the grass has begun to grow anew, making spring a great time for homeowners to once again turn their attention to landscaping. Those who aren’t looking forward to dusti...]]>
A haven for Japanese maples - For unusual cultivars and garden statuary, head for Davidsan’s, a tree-lover’s paradise http://illinoistimes.com/article-15350-a-haven-for-japanese-maples.html A haven for Japanese maples - For unusual cultivars and garden statuary, head for Davidsan’s, a tree-lover’s paradise
 For tree lovers and connoisseurs of Japanese maples in particular, Davidsan’s, at 919 S. Farmingdale Road near New Berlin, is a paradise. David and Gale Myers’ 22-acre tree farm is the large...]]>
Transplanting trees is no small task http://illinoistimes.com/article-15351-transplanting-trees-is-no-small-task.html Transplanting trees is no small task
An alluring landscape can make a home that much more enjoyable. Many homeowners devote considerable time to their lawns and gardens, and that devotion can pay both instant and long-term dividends. A w...]]>
How to build a disaster-resilient house http://illinoistimes.com/article-15352-how-to-build-a-disaster-resilient-house.html How to build a disaster-resilient house
 Extreme weather events in every season now are thrashing, burning, flooding and flattening many homes into rubble, and such storms are making many homeowners wonder what would happen to their ho...]]>
Create a warm and cozy space outdoors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14469-create-a-warm-and-cozy-space-outdoors.html Create a warm and cozy space outdoors
 More and more people are staying at home to entertain rather than heading out for a night on the town. The trend of staying at home has sparked many homeowners to invest in their backyards, with...]]>
Blaze of glory - It pays to sweep your chimney http://illinoistimes.com/article-14473-blaze-of-glory.html Blaze of glory - It pays to sweep your chimney
 Nothing is more cozy come fall – and winter – than a nice roaring fire.Gas fireplaces can’t compete with the snap-crackle-pop of real wood burning within a hearth turned wonderfully warm b...]]>
Cut your energy bill with a home energy audit http://illinoistimes.com/article-14478-cut-your-energy-bill-with-a-home-energy-audit.html Cut your energy bill with a home energy audit
 Most people don’t turn to Gary Hurley until it’s too late. Hurley is energy services manager for Springfield City Water, Light and Power, and he oversees the utility’s home energy audit pr...]]>
Successful home security - Consistency, common sense and cool technology work together to make your home safe. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14480-successful-home-security.html Successful home security - Consistency, common sense and cool technology work together to make your home safe.
 For Michelle Tjelmeland, a good home security system is about personal safety. Various zones in her Springfield home are wired and monitored with door chimes, motion sensors, sirens and flashing...]]>
The outside is in - As homes take on a smaller interior footprint, front porches are seeing a renaissance http://illinoistimes.com/article-14481-the-outside-is-in.html The outside is in - As homes take on a smaller interior footprint, front porches are seeing a renaissance
 A curb appeal-boosting outdoor amenity that fell out of favor for years in new single-family home construction appears to be on the rebound. It’s the front porch, and it’s in greater demand ...]]>
Home and garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-14482-home-and-garden-events-calendar.html Home and garden events calendar
 Demonstration garden programSep 18, 5:30-6pm, Free program, “Creating a Prairie Garden Demo.” University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit, 2501 N. Eighth St., Illinois State Fairgr...]]>
Not every home improvement pays off - You want your home to stand out as your own, but you also want to be able to sell it down the road. Here’s what you should remember when you decorate, remodel and even build. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14472-not-every-home-improvement-pays-off.html Not every home improvement pays off - You want your home to stand out as your own, but you also want to be able to sell it down the road. Here’s what you should remember when you decorate, remodel and even build.
 It was a house of mirrors. But this was the kind you had to live in. “No matter which way you turned, you saw yourself reflected back. It seemed like the entire house was covered in mirrors. E...]]>
Repurposed furniture: A market of old and new http://illinoistimes.com/article-13748-repurposed-furniture-a-market-of-old-and-new.html Repurposed furniture: A market of old and new
 Before throwing out that dresser with a broken drawer or the outdated coffee table, be aware there are a few people in Springfield who can turn it into something new.With an increasing amount of...]]>
Interior designers bring ideas to life http://illinoistimes.com/article-13749-interior-designers-bring-ideas-to-life.html Interior designers bring ideas to life
 When it comes to remodeling, it may be easier to perceive a new room than to make it a reality.Interior designers can help take ideas and translate those feeling into homes people can truly enjo...]]>
The latest in landscaping - Outdoor design trends enhance your home’s value http://illinoistimes.com/article-13750-the-latest-in-landscaping.html The latest in landscaping - Outdoor design trends enhance your home’s value
 As with any industry, the landscape industry works to keep up with popular trends over the years – from xeriscaping to hedges surrounding a property. Trends come and go, but the job of a lands...]]>
Top 10 reasons to garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-13751-top-10-reasons-to-garden.html Top 10 reasons to garden
 In our hurry-up, busy world filled with electronic gadgets such as iPhones, tablets and android devices, where does gardening fit in?, asked a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educa...]]>
Raised bed checklist http://illinoistimes.com/article-13752-raised-bed-checklist.html Raised bed checklist
 The idea of putting in a raised-bed vegetable garden can be confusing if you’re not sure where to start, said a University of Illinois horticulture educator.It can be especially difficult for...]]>
Turf tips for spring http://illinoistimes.com/article-13753-turf-tips-for-spring.html Turf tips for spring
 Lawn care questions in the wake of last summer’s drought are now pouring in, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. Rhonda Ferree listed the following as her top 10 tip...]]>
Pansies brighten up a spring garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-13754-pansies-brighten-up-a-spring-garden.html Pansies brighten up a spring garden
 Pansies are making a comeback in the garden world, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “According to the Garden Media Group, pansy and violet sales were up 6.4 perce...]]>
Early composting helps soil and plants later http://illinoistimes.com/article-13755-early-composting-helps-soil-and-plants-later.html Early composting helps soil and plants later
 New gardeners often ask, “What is compost and do I need to buy it?” When starting a new garden, it is hard to imagine we should initially spend more time, money and energy on compost than on...]]>
Spring salad at your front door http://illinoistimes.com/article-13756-spring-salad-at-your-front-door.html Spring salad at your front door
 Mesclun is a mixture of assorted small, baby salad leaves also known as a mesclun mix. You can purchase mesclun bagged in cellophane at your grocer. Yet freshly harvested from a few square feet...]]>
Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-13757-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
Jaycees Lawn Mower ClinicApril 19, 8am-1pm, OReilly Auto Parts North, 1321 N. Dirksen Pkwy, Push mower full-service tuneup. All service done same day. $55 or $20 blade sharpening. 553-2082.Introductio...]]>
The perfect time to plan this year’s fruit tree orchard http://illinoistimes.com/article-13758-the-perfect-time-to-plan-this-year%25E2%2580%2599s-fruit-tree-orchard.html The perfect time to plan this year’s fruit tree orchard
 It’s time to plan for a new home orchard or to consider replacements for aging fruit trees in an existing home orchard, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “There...]]>
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 ...]]>