Home & Garden

Garden Variety: Plants to avoid if you have pets
July 23, 2014
Are pets and plants compatible? They can be, but plant lovers who also care for cats and dogs should be aware of the risks of keeping both in the same household.
Fix-It Chick: Build a French drain
July 23, 2014
French drains are named after Harold French, the Massachusetts farmer who invented them. They are basically channels filled with gravel that direct water down and away from your home and property. Installing a French drain can be back-breaking work, but it is a relatively easy fix to a soggy problem.
Fix-It Chick: Install a smarter lockset
July 16, 2014
Installing a Kwikset SmartKey lockset can increase security and save money.
Fix-It Chick: Waterproof a concrete floor
July 9, 2014
Drylok Clear Masonry Waterproofer is one of the first non-pigmented products designed specifically for use on bare cement floors and other surfaces. Applying a waterproofing product such as this on basement floors can create a vapor barrier beneath adhesives and new flooring, and it can reduce seepage caused by hydrostatic pressure.
Garden Variety: Looking for an easy fruit to grow? Try blackberries
July 9, 2014
If you have been enjoying the flavor of sweet, delicate blackberries that are in season right now in much of the Midwest, you will be happy to know the plants are a great addition to your garden. They are really the easiest fruit to grow in Kansas.
Garden Variety: With mimosa trees, don’t just think pink
July 2, 2014
Mimosa trees in the Lawrence area are in full glory right now with their unrivaled fluffy, fragrant pink blossoms.
Fix-It Chick: Keep mosquitoes at bay
July 2, 2014
Female mosquitoes require two things to reproduce: water and blood. Stemming their access to these resources can greatly control mosquito populations.
Get your garden ready for summer
June 25, 2014
With the official arrival of summer, landscapes and gardens in the Lawrence area are reaching their prime. This is the time to breathe it in, enjoy the beauty, and spend a little time to prepare the garden for the hotter, drier days that surely lie ahead. By Jennifer Smith
Fix-It Chick: Paint a wooden porch railing
June 25, 2014
Repainting a wooden porch’s railings and ceiling is a great way to increase curb appeal and create a welcoming entry to any home.
Garden Variety: Strawberry yields forever
June 18, 2014
The taste of a vine-ripened strawberry is like the first taste of summer to those who grow them and those who relish fresh local fruit. Their sweetness and flavor is well worth the labor to produce them, yet I often hear reports from gardeners who have limited success. The secret, I suspect, is that strawberry plants need care right now, as the picking season ends.
Fix-It Chick: Install side mount drawer slides
June 18, 2014
Installing side mount drawer slides into an existing cabinet is a bit of a challenge. Follow these steps to make the job a bit easier.
Garden Variety: Garden repair after a storm
June 11, 2014
Many portions of Kansas have received heavy rains and/or severe weather, including high winds, hail and, in a few cases, tornadoes. Our small garden ecosystems may have seen some damage as well, although not as bad as others or even our next door neighbors. So how can we help our gardens recover?
Fix-It Chick: Quiet lawn care
June 11, 2014
The silent whirr of a reel mower coupled with its fume free simplicity is often a good alternative to gas-powered lawn care.
Fix-It Chick: The right drill for the job
June 4, 2014
When it comes to choosing a drill, bigger is not always better. Choosing a drill that fits the task at hand, as well as your actual hand, is the best idea.
Garden Variety: Use bees to your benefit
June 4, 2014
Beekeeping is a new activity for many but continues to be a fun and rewarding one for those who enjoy gardening.