Home & Garden

Fix-It Chick: Do-it-yourself home energy audit
September 26, 2013
Winterizing is not a once-and-done kind of job. Conducting your own energy audit each fall can save energy and money throughout the year.
Garden Calendar: Fall is ideal for tree planting
September 19, 2013
Cooler days will surely get here soon, and their arrival is a great time to think about planting trees and shrubs
Fix-It Chick: Replace a gas grill burner
September 19, 2013
Replacing the burner on a gas grill is an easy and cost-effective fix for older grills that are demonstrating inconsistent or nonexistent flame patterns.
Save plant, flower seeds for practicality, nostalgia
September 12, 2013
Deep in the hinterlands of Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault stores millions of copies of the world’s seeds — a safe deposit box against natural disaster and human error. Deep in the hinterlands of my basement, I also store seeds in a box, albeit on a much smaller scale.
The Garden Calendar: Gardening excellence
September 12, 2013
The Douglas County Master Gardeners are bringing home the gold from the International Master Gardener Conference this week.
Fix-It Chick: Use Rain-X to keep glass clean
September 12, 2013
Applying a product such as Rain-X or Aquapel to the exterior of an automobile windshield will dramatically improve visibility during rainy weather and will reduce icy buildup throughout winter. Applying these same products to glass shower doors, ceramic tile, exterior windows and glass skylights will help keep the glass free from dirt and debris, increase visibility and reduce the need to clean these surfaces throughout the year.
Produce growers have bountiful season
September 6, 2013
An improved produce growing season seems to have all types of people in the Lawrence area happy after two years of extreme drought. Everyone from local produce growers and shoppers to school gardens to food banks have benefited from an increase in production of fruits and vegetables this year, which was helped along by increased rain and relatively cool summer weather. By Giles Bruce
Garden Calendar: Protect yourself from ticks
September 5, 2013
Besides their creepy-crawliness and the itching that comes from their bites, ticks are vectors of several pathogens. Of the options available for protection, Douglas County resident Luann Dixon says she has found only one that works for her: permethrin.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a broken fan switch
September 5, 2013
Replacing a broken pull switch on a ceiling fan is often an easy job.
Garden Calendar: Summer rains bring yellow nutsedge to the garden
August 29, 2013
Ample moisture allows weeds to proliferate and flourish. Yellow nutsedge in particular has enjoyed this summer’s rains and is flourishing in many lawns and gardens in the area.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a faucet cartridge
August 29, 2013
Low water flow, leaks between the spout and handle or difficulty rotating the spout are all indicators that the cartridge in your single (or double) handle Moen brand faucet may need to be replaced.
Fix-It Chick: Installing window controls
August 19, 2013
If you live in an older home with double-hung windows, chances are pretty good that one or more of the windows no longer remains open on its own.
Garden Calendar: Crapemyrtle adds punch to gardens in late summer
August 15, 2013
Creamy red, brilliant magenta and peachy coral blossoms are basking in the late summer sun atop the vertical stems of crapemyrtles in many gardens around the area. By Jennifer Smith
Surprise lilies popping up as other flowers fade
August 8, 2013
Surprise lilies are popping up around town this week, holding true to their name by sending out their delicate, fragrant blossoms when gardeners have all but forgotten the flowers’ impending arrival.
Garden Calendar: A squash alternative without the bug problem
August 1, 2013
A zucchini by another name might be a little less sweet to squash bugs. At least that is what one Lawrence gardener is beginning to believe in his second season of growing Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino squash.