IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Mon, 22 Apr 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Landscape with native plants and pollinators https://illinoistimes.com/article-21126-landscape-with-native-plants-and-pollinators.html Landscape with native plants and pollinators
 It’s finally that time of year to be outside, clean up the leaves and residue from winter and plant flowers, herbs, vegetables, trees and shrubs. This is a perfect time to plan ahead and commi...]]>
Mayor’s monarch pledge https://illinoistimes.com/article-21127-mayor%25E2%2580%2599s-monarch-pledge.html Mayor’s monarch pledge
Planters and bumpouts along Sixth Street and Adams Street in downtown Springfield will be planted with native perennials to attract pollinators. Volunteers working with the city of Springfield and Dow...]]>
Washington Park native plant restoration https://illinoistimes.com/article-21129-washington-park-native-plant-restoration.html Washington Park native plant restoration
The native plant restoration at the fishing pier in Washington Park is a tremendous example of what can happen when enthusiastic volunteers partner with a public agency that wants to do the right thin...]]>
Bees, Butterflies & Blooms - New exhibit April 27-Aug. 5 at Kidzeum of Health and Science https://illinoistimes.com/article-21130-bees-butterflies-blooms.html Bees, Butterflies & Blooms - New exhibit April 27-Aug. 5 at Kidzeum of Health and Science
 Bees, Butterflies & Blooms is a new exhibit at Kidzeum that focuses on the importance of protecting native plants and pollinators. It features an observation beehive, live butterfly enc...]]>
Tips for decluttering and organizing your home https://illinoistimes.com/article-21131-tips-for-decluttering-and-organizing-your-home.html Tips for decluttering and organizing your home
Thanks in part to Marie Kondo’s popular Netflix show and best-selling books, the latest fad sweeping the country is decluttering and organizing your home. Most Americans have way too much stuff and...]]>
Home & Garden Events https://illinoistimes.com/article-21132-home-garden-events.html Home & Garden Events
Springfield Jaycees Lawn Mower ClinicApr 13, 9am-12pm Sat. $60 includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional c...]]>
How to recycle and reuse https://illinoistimes.com/article-21133-how-to-recycle-and-reuse.html How to recycle and reuse
You’ve done your spring cleaning and decluttered your home and garage. What do you do now with unwanted items if you don’t want to put them in the trash? The City of Springfield offers free drop-o...]]>
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...]]>