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Stop Inviting Insect Invaders Into Home

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The waning days of summer are a good time to make sure your home isn’t putting out a welcome mat for insect invaders. If you’re like me, you’d rather not share your space with wasps, spiders, stink bugs and other pests that often become more visible in the fall, any more than you want to see cockroaches, termites or other bugs that cause problems year-round. Fortunately, pest control pros say …

Prepare for Storms Before They Arrive

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Three years ago, my family and I drove overnight from Maine to New Jersey, trying to get home ahead of Hurricane Irene. That memory from late August 2011 prompts hurricane-preparation thoughts today. Here are some tips from Ready.gov — some things to do well in advance of landfall: To start, put together an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Know your …

Before Winter, Get Vegetables Into the Freezer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer is nearly over. Those big yellow school buses are beginning their morning ambles and cool nights call for blankets on the bed. It’s time for me to get serious about putting up veggies for the winter. With the exception of lettuce, most vegetables can be saved for the winter and beyond. Freezing them is one of the easiest ways of doing so …

Dealing With Bad Contractor Issues

Sunday, May 11, 2014

What should you do if someone you’ve hired behaves like a bully? Particularly if you haven’t done your homework before choosing a service provider, there’s a chance you could experience problems that include a contractor pushing for more money, reacting with hostility when told of a problem, or …

Home Decor Inspired By Creepy Crawlies

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Many would agree with naturalist David Attenborough that nature “is the greatest source of visual beauty.” And that includes the creepy crawlies: From snakes’ skins to the intricate physiology of the smallest bug, we can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of creatures that buzz, flit and …

Lessons From an Asparagus Patch, and Weed Strategies, Too

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

On a recent cold, gray Sunday I was looking for a project to do in my garden. I decided to clean up my asparagus bed and get rid of last summer’s dead stalks and those sneaky weeds that …

Go Wall-to-Wall on Carpet Terminology

Sunday, May 4, 2014

If professional cleaning can’t revive your carpet, it’s probably time to replace it. Manufacturers say carpet should last about 10 years. With regular vacuuming, prompt attention to spills and periodic cleaning, it could last longer. But sooner or later, carpet must be replaced. Before you visit showrooms or …

Time for Tomatoes: I Just Couldn’t Wait to Start My Seedlings

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This year I started my tomatoes indoors much earlier than I usually do. Normally I start them on April 10 at 10:14 a.m. Only kidding. Most years I start them during the second week of April. That way …

Cheerful Pussy Willows Chase Away the Mud Season Blues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In general, I don’t sing. I can’t carry a tune, and words to even the simplest of songs seem to disappear from my brain in about 20 minutes. Always have. So it was a surprise to me when, walking by a clump of pussy willows, I remembered a …

Welcome Spring, Welcome Bulbs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I’ve been paying attention to snowdrops and crocus since I was 9 years old — I recently found entries in my diary that tell me so. My entry for March 7, 1956, in its entirety was this: “Spring is getting here at last the snow drops are in …

Early Spring Chores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring finally seems to be coming to Cornish Flat — about a month late this year. My snowdrops are just starting to bloom and large patches of snow are still on the lawn and garden, though there are bare spots. I really want to get outside and start …

Foggy Windows Can Be Cleared

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Akron, Ohio — Marie Poling thought she was looking at an expense of thousands of dollars to replace all the windows on her Northfield Center Township, Ohio, house. The insulated glass in the home’s bay window had gotten foggy, and she figured her only option was new windows. …

Spring Pruning: It’s Not Too Late, and the Trees Will Benefit

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Conventional wisdom has it that fruit trees should be pruned in March, but don’t worry if you haven’t started yet. I haven’t. There is no harm in pruning in April, or anytime, really. After the buds on fruit trees open, they are more prone to being knocked off …