IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Wed, 20 Feb 19 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Sticking to your remodeling budget https://illinoistimes.com/article-20418-sticking-to-your-remodeling-budget.html Sticking to your remodeling budget
 It’s one of the unwritten rules of remodeling that a project will always cost more and take longer than expected. But just because this is the norm, you don’t have to take it as a given. Wit...]]>
Fall to do list https://illinoistimes.com/article-20419-fall-to-do-list.html Fall to do list
 Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer, but there’s still plenty of time to cross projects off your summer to-do list. According to HomeAdvisor data, homeowners commonly start these pr...]]>
When bugs invade your home https://illinoistimes.com/article-20420-when-bugs-invade-your-home.html When bugs invade your home
 With the end of summer approaching, homeowners may start noticing some unwanted house guests. There are a number of pests that will be looking to invade homes during the cooler months, according...]]>
Homegrown salads https://illinoistimes.com/article-20421-homegrown-salads.html Homegrown salads
 When people think of fall, growing salad greens rarely comes to mind. However, fall is as terrific time for gardeners to begin planting lettuce, arugula, endive, or other leafy greens for salads...]]>
Plan now for spring bees https://illinoistimes.com/article-20422-plan-now-for-spring-bees.html Plan now for spring bees
 Get your gardens buzzing next spring by planting bee-friendly bulbs and spring bloomers in the garden this fall.“Bumble bee queens, honey bees, and solitary bees start emer...]]>
Tree planting 101 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20423-tree-planting-101.html Tree planting 101
 Fall is coming, and that means it’s a great time to bring home a new tree. But before they do, homeowners should repeat the mantra “right plant, right place,” according to Kari H...]]>
Choosing a retaining wall https://illinoistimes.com/article-20424-choosing-a-retaining-wall.html Choosing a retaining wall
 Retaining walls were first created to perform the simple and necessary task of holding back earth. And with good reason: Erosion is a natural process, but when it means soil being washed off you...]]>
Flushing your water heater https://illinoistimes.com/article-20425-flushing-your-water-heater.html Flushing your water heater
 Much like changing your car’s oil, a water heater needs regular maintenance for top performance. A water heater flush clears out sediment and minerals such as calcium and lime, which could imp...]]>
Protect yourself from home repair scams https://illinoistimes.com/article-20426-protect-yourself-from-home-repair-scams.html Protect yourself from home repair scams
 Home improvement, repair and renovation projects represent significant investments. And with that kind of money at stake and decisions often made under pressure, home repairs make an inviting ta...]]>
Midcentury modern decorating https://illinoistimes.com/article-20427-midcentury-modern-decorating.html Midcentury modern decorating
 When you think of midcentury modern, what comes to mind? Architecture? Furniture?Midcentury modern is often used to describe a period in design centered around the middle of the 20th century. Cl...]]>
Inexpensive artwork options https://illinoistimes.com/article-20428-inexpensive-artwork-options.html Inexpensive artwork options
 Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive. Designers use a number of tricks to create interesting and original artwork without breaking the bank. Here are seven tips for adding ar...]]>
Starting a community garden https://illinoistimes.com/article-20429-starting-a-community-garden.html Starting a community garden
 There is a good amount of planning involved in creating a successful community garden. To help people and organizations build and maintain productive community gardens, the University of Illinoi...]]>
Home security essentials - Lock, light, record, arm https://illinoistimes.com/article-19877-home-security-essentials.html Home security essentials - Lock, light, record, arm
 As the temperature rises, so does crime. Make sure your home isn’t an easy target.Lock and light, day and nightLock your house, your car, and your garage all the time, says Sergeant Travis Dal...]]>
Backyard grapes for Illinois https://illinoistimes.com/article-19878-backyard-grapes-for-illinois.html Backyard grapes for Illinois
 Grape vines are a beautiful feature for your landscape that provide both aesthetic and edible benefits, says a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.“Fresh-picked-from-the-vin...]]>
Make your yard home to feathered friends - To build a better birdhouse, think like a bird https://illinoistimes.com/article-19879-make-your-yard-home-to-feathered-friends.html Make your yard home to feathered friends - To build a better birdhouse, think like a bird
 Early spring is a wonderful time to attract birds to your yard. Natural seed sources from last fall have been picked over and used up. Many of the insects that overwinter are still inactive. And...]]>
Plant a tree with Rotary - As friends of the planet, Springfield Rotarians plant hundreds of trees https://illinoistimes.com/article-19880-plant-a-tree-with-rotary.html Plant a tree with Rotary - As friends of the planet, Springfield Rotarians plant hundreds of trees
New trees are taking root at Lincoln Memorial Garden, Rotary Park and Centennial Park, thanks to a collaborative project among the five Springfield Rotary clubs. Rotarians purchased and helped plant 1...]]>
Exploring solar systems - CWLP customers are now eligible for lump-sum incentives when switching to solar https://illinoistimes.com/article-19881-exploring-solar-systems.html Exploring solar systems - CWLP customers are now eligible for lump-sum incentives when switching to solar
 “Basically, David beat Goliath.”Michelle Knox, president of Springfield-based renewable energy and efficiency company WindSolarUSA, has reason to feel triumphant. A unanimous decision handed...]]>
Interior design trends for 2018 https://illinoistimes.com/article-19882-interior-design-trends-for-2018.html Interior design trends for 2018
 With each new year comes a fresh set of interior design trends. And those topping the list for 2018 are sure to inspire homeowners making updates big and small. Angie’s List recently attended...]]>
Start your vegetable garden early with cool-season crops https://illinoistimes.com/article-19883-start-your-vegetable-garden-early-with-cool-season-crops.html Start your vegetable garden early with cool-season crops
 After a long winter, gardeners are always eager to get outside again. “Get a head start on your vegetable garden by planting cool-season crops,” says Gemini Bhalsod, a University of Illinois...]]>
Plant lilies for a summer garden of elegant blooms https://illinoistimes.com/article-19884-plant-lilies-for-a-summer-garden-of-elegant-blooms.html Plant lilies for a summer garden of elegant blooms
 Lilies add long-lasting color and fragrance to flower gardens and summer bouquets. These stately flowers provide vertical interest and blend nicely with other perennials. And best of all, with v...]]>
How to lighten, brighten your home this spring https://illinoistimes.com/article-19885-how-to-lighten-brighten-your-home-this-spring.html How to lighten, brighten your home this spring
 Spring can be a time of transition in more ways than one.Yes, the days are longer and brighter, but your home can be transformed as well.If you are looking for some ways to brighten and lighten...]]>
Spring Home and Garden Calendar https://illinoistimes.com/article-19886-spring-home-and-garden-calendar.html Spring Home and Garden Calendar
 Upscale Collectible SaleApr 13-14, 5pm-8pm Fri, 8am-12:30pm Sat. Featuring bargains on new and gently used items, plus a book and record nook, kids’ corner and bake sale. All proceeds support ...]]>
Gardening with your senses https://illinoistimes.com/article-19116-gardening-with-your-senses.html Gardening with your senses
 Gardeners may be familiar with the sense of calm and peace that can come from relaxing in a patch of fragrant and colorful flowers. It’s little wonder that the gardens have been harnessed for...]]>
What to do with all the leaves https://illinoistimes.com/article-19117-what-to-do-with-all-the-leaves.html What to do with all the leaves
 The fall foliage show of reds, yellows and golds will be beginning shortly in many parts of Illinois, and then will be finishing up before we know it. One good freeze up north will take care of...]]>
Nature journaling https://illinoistimes.com/article-19118-nature-journaling.html Nature journaling
 Nature journaling enhances the outdoor or garden experience, while building a more positive and personal connection with nature. “I use nature journaling as a creative form of self-expression,...]]>
Fall establishment of prairie habitat https://illinoistimes.com/article-19119-fall-establishment-of-prairie-habitat.html Fall establishment of prairie habitat
 Driving across Illinois in 2017, it can be difficult to imagine what the landscape looked like when Illinois was nicknamed the “Prairie State.” With the plight of pollinators in the public m...]]>
Preparing your home for fall and winter weather https://illinoistimes.com/article-19120-preparing-your-home-for-fall-and-winter-weather.html Preparing your home for fall and winter weather
 It’s been a great summer, but don’t let the pleasant weather catch you off guard. It’s time to prepare your home for the fall and winter weather to come.1. Clean the exterior glass. As the...]]>
The fall colors we are already obsessed with https://illinoistimes.com/article-19121-the-fall-colors-we-are-already-obsessed-with.html The fall colors we are already obsessed with
 The changing of the leaves has us daydreaming over new home hues. From jewel tones to oversaturated oranges, autumnal tones bring a burst of drama and natural allure to any space. As interior re...]]>
Try these fall outdoor redesign projects https://illinoistimes.com/article-19122-try-these-fall-outdoor-redesign-projects.html Try these fall outdoor redesign projects
 Fall is a popular time to enjoy the outdoors, especially with the magic of the change of seasons. The summer is a time when many homeowners may wish to start thinking about fall improvements, es...]]>
Make a splash - Fountains are a welcome addition to an yard https://illinoistimes.com/article-19123-make-a-splash.html Make a splash - Fountains are a welcome addition to an yard
 Fountains have been around since Roman times. In the ancient world, they were purely functional, employing springs or aqueducts to provide water for drinking, bathing and cleaning to even the sm...]]>