Home & Garden

Tue
15
Oct

Still time to spruce up with fall projects


Whether you’re selling or just seeing some dated or weathered facets when you look at your home, there’s still time this fall to spruce things up. Because so many Twin Cities homes have garages that open to the street, an updated garage door — especially in a rich wood finish that matches the front door — makes a big impression. (submitted photos)

They’re the projects that got pushed aside by vacation trips, summer sports and the hectic rush to enjoy the short season we had in 2013.
But there are plenty of ways to tackle your home’s exterior curb appeal, whether it’s to impress prospective buyers or to welcome guests for fall and winter holidays in style.

Tue
15
Oct

10 tips to conserve energy, money this winter

The Minnesota Commerce Department’s Division of Energy Resources encourages all Minnesotans to follow these simple household tips:

Tue
15
Oct

Five signs you need to insulate your home this year


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Homeowners prepping for winter can stop the energy waste cycle by taking a closer look at their insulation. As one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and lower bills, insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls to regulate a home’s temperature. But how do you know if your home is properly insulated?

Thu
03
Oct

Fall foliage: with containers, the show needn’t be over


Fall mums offer a dependable splash of color to perk up a container, a border or to stand on their own in almost limitless combinations.

Flowers in garden borders and containers may well be tired of blooming all summer, or perhaps -- confession time -- you’re tired of them.
All that light, cool periwinkle and white that looked so refreshing in the summer months may not look right against backgrounds of sunflowers and turning leaves, and it does feel like time to begin to embrace autumn.

Thu
03
Oct

Check it out: find home air leaks with kit from library

Xcel Energy announced recently the launch of a new pilot program called Draft Check, which enables Ramsey County library patrons to check out a device to help locate air leaks in their homes.

Thu
03
Oct

Tackling those last-minute projects? Stay safe


Doing it right means taking the extra steps necessary to stay safe. (StatePoint)

Finally fixing that loose step? Planning to use power tools? In the rush to take advantage of warm fall weather, don’t forget to take the extra time to safeguard yourself and your tools.
A stop at your neighborhood hardware store for the safety glasses you can’t find quickly or the gloves or mask that will protect you from chemicals may save you injury and cost in the long run.

Mon
16
Sep

How dry I am

Here we are again, looking out at lawns where the only green may be weeds, like the purslane pictured above, which seem to love desert conditions.
After two fall seasons of drought, a former co-worker’s determination to raise cactus in his yard doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Mon
16
Sep

HVAC— as many ‘styles’ as you need

Believe it or not, it is going to get chilly. The newfound relief of cooler temps will only last so long, and then Minnesota will round back into winter -- one the Farmer’s Almanac says will be a doozy.

Mon
10
Jun

Home made garden fertilizer – the real deal

After the snow finally melted, I decided the lawn needed its first mowing. I dragged the mower out of the garage and spent almost an hour getting it cleaned up and started for another season. I remembered that last fall it had been acting cantankerous – running a little rough and leaking a little oil. It was obviously getting tired, but I had convinced myself that maybe a long winter’s rest would solve any problems.

Mon
03
Jun

Use compostable bags for lawn, garden waste

Metro area residents are now required to use compostable plastic or paper bags when they bag up their yard waste, food waste, organics or other compostable material at the curb for collection

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