Home & Garden

Mon
16
Sep

How dry I am

Here we are again, looking out at lawns where the only green may be weeds, like the purslane pictured above, which seem to love desert conditions.
After two fall seasons of drought, a former co-worker’s determination to raise cactus in his yard doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Mon
16
Sep

HVAC— as many ‘styles’ as you need

Believe it or not, it is going to get chilly. The newfound relief of cooler temps will only last so long, and then Minnesota will round back into winter -- one the Farmer’s Almanac says will be a doozy.

Mon
10
Jun

Home made garden fertilizer – the real deal

After the snow finally melted, I decided the lawn needed its first mowing. I dragged the mower out of the garage and spent almost an hour getting it cleaned up and started for another season. I remembered that last fall it had been acting cantankerous – running a little rough and leaking a little oil. It was obviously getting tired, but I had convinced myself that maybe a long winter’s rest would solve any problems.

Mon
03
Jun

Use compostable bags for lawn, garden waste

Metro area residents are now required to use compostable plastic or paper bags when they bag up their yard waste, food waste, organics or other compostable material at the curb for collection

Thu
23
May

Garden with birds, bees, savings in mind


Chick-a-dee-dee-don’t: Big, clean plate-glass windows are great to look through, but birds may find them deadly. (submitted photo)

Spring is here, which means it’s time to slip those green thumbs into some gardening gloves.
And if you want to feel truly good about what you grow, consider upgrading your garden to be more planet-friendly.
Here are some ideas to consider:

Thu
23
May

So, is a DIYer’s best friend the local building inspector?


Extending electrical circuits and adding new outlets was featured as a “don’t do-it-yourself” project at www.todayshomeowner.com. (submitted photos)

That bathroom has needed upgrades since you moved in. Your vintage home also has that vintage “one outlet per room” wiring, which apparently was sufficient to 1913 but not 2013. You heard something recently about the energy savings of insulating a basement -- but does that mean it will trap moisture?
In the rush to get started on home-improvement projects, given our “late” spring, homeowners may be tempted to forego licensed contractors’ waiting lists and tackle the work on their own.

Tue
14
May

LEAP award-winners’ landscapes, gardens show ‘sustainable’ can still be ‘stunning’


Kids of all ages get involved in studying nature at St. Peter Catholic School’s butterfly garden in North St. Paul. The insect life the garden attracts -- especially the monarch butterfly caterpillars the students monitor through metamorphosis -- make it a multidimensional “classroom.” (submitted photos)

Now that spring has finally sprung, property owners are more than ready to leap into gardening projects.
Some have gotten a jump on them by maintaining healthy landscapes year round, using sustainable approaches that save time, labor and money.

Mon
06
May

Three reasons to have your soil tested this spring

Did you know that one pound of phosphorus from excessive fertilization can produce anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds of algae if that phosphorus reaches a lake or river?

Wed
01
May

Updates that add value — to your home and your life in it

Where can homeowners invest in remodeling projects that pay back the most both in dollars and enjoyment?

Kitchens, bathrooms and exteriors, say the experts.

Tue
16
Apr

How late is it, anyway?

According to seasonal averages, this spring is “behind” the average by about a week and a half, assistant state climatologist Pete Boulay says.

Spring 2012, on the other hand, came four weeks early.

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