IllinoisTimes - Home & Garden https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-105-1-home-garden.html Sat, 18 Aug 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Spring Home and Garden Calendar https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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. https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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...]]>