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Fix-It Chick: Choose the right dropcloth for your home project

Using a dropcloth is possibly one of the smartest things a homeowner can do when tackling pretty much any project. Here’s how to drop the right cloth.

Garden Variety: Tips for picking borders and edging

The transition between different elements within a yard is a place where gardeners may feel challenged with plant growth and with the element of design. What you put into the space or how you manage it is referred to as the edge or edging. You might hear gardeners ask each other how they edge their vegetable or flower gardens, landscape beds, sidewalks, driveways, patios or other unique landscape features.

Garden Variety: Local plant sales are a great place to start spring gardening

The next few months are prime time for planting a garden in Kansas, and hopefully you are planning to put a few seeds and plants in the ground. The best place to get those seeds and plants is almost always right here in Lawrence from local garden centers and organizations. Buying local ensures plants are well suited for the region, and it supports the local economy.

Fix-It Chick: Install an outdoor antenna to reach over-the-air digital channels

Installing an outdoor antenna is an easy way to stretch your entertainment dollars. Most homeowners can legally install an outdoor antenna, as long as it does not reach more than 12 feet above the roof line, does not create any safety risks and does not impede upon existing neighborhood covenants.

Garden Variety: Avoid misidentifying Irish foliage this St. Paddy’s Day

Shamrocks, four-leaf clovers and wood sorrels are often confused as the same plants in the spring and around St. Patrick’s Day.

Fix-It Chick: Change a vehicle’s oil to extend its life

Changing the engine oil in a vehicle every 5000 miles is one of the best ways to prolong the life of any car or truck. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual to identify the recommended oil type and oil capacity.

Fix-It Chick: Replace a garbage disposer

The hardest part of replacing an old garbage disposer is fitting comfortably under the sink.

Garden Variety: Lawn care tips for grass of all kinds

One of the first tasks many gardeners look to in the spring is lawn care. The grass is starting to green up, and hopefully can wait a few weeks for the first mowing. But maybe there were some bare patches last summer, a crop of dandelions has arrived or you are thinking this is the year your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Garden Variety: Spring signals start of season for swarming termites

Midwesterners should be on the lookout for swarming termites, which are common in the spring.

Fix-It Chick: Install wall-mounted television for style, convenience

Mounting a flat-screen television on a wall is a great way to add style and convenience to any room.

Garden Variety: Attract bats to the yard and garden for pest control

Many gardeners (and people who simply enjoy being in the yard in the evening) are starting to recognize the benefits of bats and take an interest in attracting the animals to their yards. Attracting bats is a little more complicated than simply installing a bat house.

Fix-It Chick: Replacing dryer cord easier than replacing wall outlet

If you are ready to plug in that new or used clothes dryer, but the plug on the dryer does not match the outlet on the wall, replacing the cord on the dryer is much easier and more economical than replacing the outlet on the wall.

Fix-It Chick: Give your bathroom a facelift with a new tub spout

Replacing an old, worn-out tub spout with a new shiny spout can add new life to an otherwise tired bath. If the diverter on the old spout is failing, a new spout may also increase the pressure of the shower. New spouts will not, however, fix a leaky faucet.

Garden Variety: Many factors influence the life spans of trees

Like all living things, trees have a life span. How long that life span might be is dependent on a combination of factors including species, site, environment, weather events, pest infestations and others. Understanding how these factors work together can help you determine why a tree died, why it is dying, how to extend the life of existing trees and how to choose wisely when planting for the future.

Garden Variety: Spring gardening gets underway with community events

Spring gardening activities are underway in northeast Kansas with two events this weekend and more on the way over the next few months. Here are the top picks for garden inspiration, networking and community building.