IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Sat, 27 May 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Spring Home and Garden Calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-18518-spring-home-and-garden-calendar.html Spring Home and Garden Calendar
Introduction to BonsaiApr 19, 6-9pm. Introduction to the basic styles and principles of bonsai. Gain hands-on experience styling and potting your own bonsai. Registration. $25. web.extension.illinois....]]>
Plan, plant, prune, repeat - The Springfield Civic Garden Club just keeps growing http://illinoistimes.com/article-18519-plan-plant-prune-repeat.html Plan, plant, prune, repeat - The Springfield Civic Garden Club just keeps growing
 On March 7, 1929, visionary Harriet Knudson, known as Mrs. T. J. Knudson, hosted a meeting of Springfield residents at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel to establish a club dedicated to creating beauty...]]>
Decoding the secret language of flowers http://illinoistimes.com/article-18520-decoding-the-secret-language-of-flowers.html Decoding the secret language of flowers
 Do you give flowers to your loved one on holidays and birthdays? Flowers are a great way to communicate your love and affection, and some can convey a specific message, according to a horticultu...]]>
The mystery of rhubarb http://illinoistimes.com/article-18521-the-mystery-of-rhubarb.html The mystery of rhubarb
 As the season warms up, many gardeners begin looking forward to their first rhubarb harvests. Although it was first cultivated in central Asia more than 2,000 years ago for its medicinal propert...]]>
Intergenerational gardening - Planting seeds with grandkids http://illinoistimes.com/article-18522-intergenerational-gardening.html Intergenerational gardening - Planting seeds with grandkids
 Like many life skills, gardening is often learned directly from family members. Grandparents might recruit the grandkids to help water transplants or drop in seeds, setting the stage for a lifet...]]>
Are you bogged down by clutter? - Here’s the fix. http://illinoistimes.com/article-18523-are-you-bogged-down-by-clutter.html Are you bogged down by clutter? - Here’s the fix.
 To be successful in life, you need things like motivation, focus, planning and perseverance.All well and good. But, if you’re like many Americans, first you have to get organized. You need to...]]>
The do’s and don’ts of selling a home http://illinoistimes.com/article-18524-the-do%25E2%2580%2599s-and-don%25E2%2580%2599ts-of-selling-a-home.html The do’s and don’ts of selling a home
 When it comes time to prepare a home for sale, there are a number of quick and affordable fixes that can help seal the deal, while some so-called improvements may sink a sale.When it’s time to...]]>
Spring has sprung - Here’s what to do around the house http://illinoistimes.com/article-18525-spring-has-sprung.html Spring has sprung - Here’s what to do around the house
Spring is an ideal time to make sure everything is in working order. From checking your home’s vital equipment such as water heaters and furnaces to replacing windows, there are some items that shou...]]>
Fall Home & Garden event calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-17695-fall-home-garden-event-calendar.html Fall Home & Garden event calendar
Grapes and GourdsSep 15, 6-8pm. Create a handcrafted gourd birdhouse. $25 includes glass of wine, supplies and instruction. Registration at lincolnmemorialgarden.org or 529-1111. It’s All About Wine...]]>
Digging and storing cannas http://illinoistimes.com/article-17696-digging-and-storing-cannas.html Digging and storing cannas
 Now is the time to devise a plan for digging and storing cannas. To successfully overwinter cannas indoors, the bulbs should be dug up after the first light frost has killed the top of the plant...]]>
Late-blooming beauties http://illinoistimes.com/article-17697-late-blooming-beauties.html Late-blooming beauties
 Just as most flowers are frying or fading, late-blooming perennials take off and steal the show. Here are a few late-blooming beauties to create a fantastic fall flower garden.Fall anemones, whi...]]>
Benefits of fall core aeration for the lawn http://illinoistimes.com/article-17698-benefits-of-fall-core-aeration-for-the-lawn.html Benefits of fall core aeration for the lawn
 Although it’s true that core aeration relieves soil compaction in the lawn, coring has several more benefits for the grass plant soil profile, microbial activity in the ground and thatch manag...]]>
Recycled leaves make inexpensive mulch http://illinoistimes.com/article-17699-recycled-leaves-make-inexpensive-mulch.html Recycled leaves make inexpensive mulch
Rather than bagging or removing fallen leaves, use them in your yard. The tree leaves that accumulate in and around your landscape represent a valuable natural resource that can be used to provide a g...]]>
Fall doors that say welcome http://illinoistimes.com/article-17700-fall-doors-that-say-welcome.html Fall doors that say welcome
Every day, my husband, Dan, takes our golden retriever, Lyric, out for a walk around our little lake community. Good thing they aren’t trying to rack up steps on their Fitbit, because I think they s...]]>
Every room is a family room in this light and bright home http://illinoistimes.com/article-17701-every-room-is-a-family-room-in-this-light-and-bright-home.html Every room is a family room in this light and bright home
 For now, anyway, Mom and Dad’s super-awesome shower is, hands down, the highlight of the house.Especially if you’re 5 years old or younger.Sure, its mammoth glass wall to the skylighted cent...]]>
The unexpected uses of stone http://illinoistimes.com/article-17702-the-unexpected-uses-of-stone.html The unexpected uses of stone
 Traditionally, furniture is made of wood or metal, because of their appealing aesthetic quality and durability. These days, there is a new material many designers and homeowners are considering:...]]>
Warm up your windows http://illinoistimes.com/article-17703-warm-up-your-windows.html Warm up your windows
 I have fallen back in love with window coverings. Do you remember when we covered our windows in big, heavy drapes? I was not a fan. Then, as people grew tired of all that fussy finery, we gravi...]]>
Easy home updates for every budget http://illinoistimes.com/article-17704-easy-home-updates-for-every-budget.html Easy home updates for every budget
 As a lover of interior design, I’m a firm believer in the phrase, “There is always room for improvement.” That being said, sometimes there’s another famous saying that comes to mind when...]]>
Home & garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-17078-home-garden-events-calendar.html Home & garden events calendar
 Springfield Jaycees Lawnmower ClinicApr 16, 9am-1pm Sat. Lawnmowers serviced at reasonable prices. $50-60. O’Reilly Auto Parts, 1501 W. Jefferson, 793-1872.Woodland Wildflower and Tree SaleApr...]]>
Springfield style, inside and out - Use design concepts for aesthetics and practical living http://illinoistimes.com/article-17079-springfield-style-inside-and-out.html Springfield style, inside and out - Use design concepts for aesthetics and practical living
 Homes and landscapes are individual and personal. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a time-tested tradition in much of art and design. While art and beauty can depend upon individual...]]>
How to get the roof you need http://illinoistimes.com/article-17080-how-to-get-the-roof-you-need.html How to get the roof you need
 When it comes to home improvements, a good roof isn’t as obvious as a new garage, as entertaining as a new sound system or as cool as a new kitchen. In fact, it could be said that the best roo...]]>
Keep to the code http://illinoistimes.com/article-17081-keep-to-the-code.html Keep to the code
 It’s my yard, I’ll do what I want – right?Maybe, and maybe not. Before breaking ground for a new garage, planning your first pool party, going into the egg business or working on your cous...]]>
Home appraisal survival guide - How to put the best possible face on your spacious, clean, carefree home sweet home http://illinoistimes.com/article-17082-home-appraisal-survival-guide.html Home appraisal survival guide - How to put the best possible face on your spacious, clean, carefree home sweet home
 The useful life of an appraisal is just one year, so any sale, refinance or home equity loan will likely require a new appraisal ordered by the financial institution, conducted by a qualified ap...]]>
Your beautiful garden http://illinoistimes.com/article-17083-your-beautiful-garden.html Your beautiful garden
 If landscaping goes in cycles, where every few years there’s a wildly popular new thing you suddenly see everywhere, followed by a few years of refinements until the next new splashy thing, th...]]>
Growing asparagus at home http://illinoistimes.com/article-17084-growing-asparagus-at-home.html Growing asparagus at home
 Growing asparagus is best reserved for patient people, as the first crop cannot be harvested for at least a year after planting. This frustrates many home gardeners, and is one factor that can m...]]>
Home and garden events calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-16131-home-and-garden-events-calendar.html Home and garden events calendar
Prairie GardenSep 17, 5:30pm Thu. Learn which prairie plants will make great additions to your garden. Hosted by University of Illinois Sangamon-Menard Extension. Free. 782-4617. University of Illinoi...]]>
What’s new in the kitchen? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16132-what%25E2%2580%2599s-new-in-the-kitchen.html What’s new in the kitchen?
Frank Buraski of Buraski Builders, who has been in the business of renovations and construction for 34 years, finds that kitchen trends are cyclical. He notes with interest that people are becoming mo...]]>
Home-sharing - For boarders without borders, consider Airbnb http://illinoistimes.com/article-16133-home-sharing.html Home-sharing - For boarders without borders, consider Airbnb
 People all over the world who have a surplus of space, an adventurous spirit and the desire for extra income have opened up their homes to guests via Airbnb. For those who haven’t experienced...]]>
Make the most of your yard with a patio http://illinoistimes.com/article-16134-make-the-most-of-your-yard-with-a-patio.html Make the most of your yard with a patio
 Whether your yard is the size of a football field or a putting green, a well-planned brick or stone patio can make your space into a sanctuary and add value to your home.While many people can ha...]]>
Easy and budget-friendly ways to add curb appeal http://illinoistimes.com/article-16135-easy-and-budget-friendly-ways-to-add-curb-appeal.html Easy and budget-friendly ways to add curb appeal
 Curb appeal can help a home get noticed in a bustling real estate market. Curb appeal also can contribute to the aesthetics of a neighborhood for residents who plan to stay put, and many homeown...]]>