Home & Garden

Fri
10
Oct

Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of autumn allergens


New vacuums on the market have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which capture allergens, irritants and pollutants. (submitted photo)

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues.

Fri
10
Oct

What can you remodel in winter? Take a look


This Asian-inspired half-bath converts a tiny footprint into a warm retreat, with rich woods, gold accents and sleek detailing (submitted photo)

Many homeowners think they've "missed" remodeling season once the leaves fall. And, if you're opening holes in your home's exterior or building patios, that may be true.

Tue
23
Sep

What's blooming in September?


A range of colors and patternsœ and staying power have made sweet Willam a favorite for generations.

The Extension's recommended Joe Pye is a shorter, more civilized cultivar.

Make room in the bulb garden for some showstopping bulbs, like the lavender globe lily and the autumn lilies featured in the headline.

These are a blanket flower all right.

These are too.

"Wow" is the word for these hardy hibiscus, here in a pure white variety.

Extension video series gets you up close and botanical
Other than the everpresent rose of fall-blooming sedums, which come in shades from pink to rose to burgundy, maybe brick orange if you squint a little, are there any other shades and shapes of fall flowers?
Yes, say University of Minnesota extension educator Karl Foord and professor of horticulture Mary Meyer, Ph.D. How many do you want?
Spring and early summer bloomers get a lot of focus in Minnesota - they're proof we've all survived another winter, for one thing - and each tulip and hyacinth gets its own standing ovation.

Sun
21
Sep

Outdoor living spaces add value to a home year-round


A few amenities outdoors add value not only to life in your home but to its attraction to buyers. (submitted photo)

Summer may be ending, but it’s not too late to spruce up your outdoor space. In fact, there are several enhancements that can be made to extend your outdoor living time well in to the fall and even year round.

Thu
18
Sep

Revive the charm of mid-century modern design


Clean lines, no clutter and a streamlined silhouettte bring function into the realm of design. (submitted photo)

Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a 20-year span when design was minimal, sleek, elegant and functional.

Tue
15
Jul

Easy ways to stay cool, save energy

As we enter the hot days of summer with temperatures over 90 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources reminds consumers of some simple no-cost or low-cost energy-saving tips to help keep cool, conserve energy, an

Fri
30
May

Backyard projects to turn the area into a treasured sanctuary


Not many backyards have a visual element, but when one is added, it completely changes the look of the space. (Submitted photo)

You love the days when you can go home from work, open the windows and enjoy dinner out on the deck. And it sure isn’t hard to rise early on those sunny weekend days to spend all day in the backyard.

Fri
30
May

9 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings

Whether you've got seedlings you've nurtured yourself, or ones that you've bought from the local nursery, those plants need a helping hand in order to grow well outdoors.

Fri
30
May

In the market for a mower?


Zero-turn mowers have the ability to turn in a very tight radius, unlike lawn tractors which need to make wider turns. (Submitted photo)

The A to Z of zero-turn mowers

Thu
29
May

Home design: the value of the ideal exterior color


When choosing exterior colors for your home, consider the neighborhood as a whole. Think about the next-door neighbor and the homes down the street. (Submitted photo)

When it comes to designing a home - whether it’s new construction or a renovation - choosing beautiful exterior colors and complementary accent hues is critical to creating an appealing household.
“To select the right colors for your home, view siding colors as an exterior project tool that both turns a home into a showpiece and increases its value,” says Leslie Harrington, executive director of The Color Association of the United States.

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