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Fix-It Chick: Control boxelder bugs
October 29, 2014
Boxelder bugs, sometimes mistakenly referred to as stink bugs, are considered nuisance bugs by their sheer number alone. Boxelder bugs seldom cause damage to plants or property, but they can stain fabric and carpets during more active times. Prevention, rather than elimination, is the best way to control boxelder bugs.
Trees lost outpace trees planted at KU; effort aims to bridge gap
October 24, 2014
A Chinese proverb on the Replant Mount Oread website says: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” When it comes to trees, Kansas University is playing catch-up. By Sara Shepherd
Garden Variety: Easy-to-grow sweet potatoes
October 23, 2014
Lawrence area educators, farmers and businesses are teaming up to celebrate a vegetable worthy of a month-long party: the sweet potato.
Fix-It Chick: Repair damaged stucco
October 23, 2014
Repairing large sections of damaged stucco is a time-consuming multistep process. With the right tools and some due diligence, the “hole” problem can be easily cured.
Garden Variety: Hackberry pests move indoors with cool temperatures
October 15, 2014
As the trees begin to show their autumn hues and squirrels rush to stash away their bounty, a few creatures in the garden are looking for good winter homes.
Fix-It Chick: Repair stucco cracks
October 15, 2014
Stucco should be repaired as soon as cracks appear. Small repairs on homes and structures built after the 19th century are easy to do with pre-mixed stucco repair products.
Garden Variety: A lesson in apple picking
October 8, 2014
With apple-harvesting season in full swing, now is a great time to get out and pick some of the fresh fruit from local orchards or your own trees if you have them.
Fix-It Chick: Install a pet door in a storm window
October 8, 2014
Installing a small pet door into a removable storm window, rather than a door, is a great way to allow your cat access to the outdoors without the permanence associated with installation in a door or wall.
Fix-It Chick: Repair a yard hydrant
October 1, 2014
A frost-proof yard hydrant is the modern version of an outdoor pitcher pump. These bright colored water spigots are common on farms and large city lots.
Home Style: Be my guest
September 24, 2014
Opening your home to visiting family and friends is a hospitable gesture that saves your guests the expense of staying at a hotel. But ensuring the space you provide guests is welcoming, comfortable and convenient takes forethought and little bit of effort.
Fix-It Chick: 10 projects to get your home ready for fall
September 24, 2014
Fall is the perfect time to check off several items on your home maintenance list.
Garden Variety: Upcoming Farm Tour highlights local agriculture
September 24, 2014
Even the most dedicated gardeners need a break from the garden once in awhile, and the upcoming Kaw Valley Farm Tour offers the perfect opportunity to see what else is growing in the area.
Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary
September 17, 2014
It’s important to have a personal space to unwind that’s away from the rest of the world. That place should be your bedroom, said Dana Niemack, a feng shui interior designer.
Fix-It Chick: Remove textured ‘popcorn’ ceilings
September 17, 2014
Removing textured “popcorn” ceilings is a time-consuming and messy task, but with a lot of elbow grease, smooth ceilings are within reach.
Garden Variety: Upcoming seminars on permaculture
September 17, 2014
Gardeners, wannabe gardeners and anyone else interested in the relationship among plants, humans and the environment should consider attending one of three upcoming seminars sponsored by the local nonprofit Sustainability Action Network.