Home & Garden

Thu
23
May

Garden with birds, bees, savings in mind


Chick-a-dee-dee-don’t: Big, clean plate-glass windows are great to look through, but birds may find them deadly. (submitted photo)

Spring is here, which means it’s time to slip those green thumbs into some gardening gloves.
And if you want to feel truly good about what you grow, consider upgrading your garden to be more planet-friendly.
Here are some ideas to consider:

Thu
23
May

So, is a DIYer’s best friend the local building inspector?


Extending electrical circuits and adding new outlets was featured as a “don’t do-it-yourself” project at www.todayshomeowner.com. (submitted photos)

That bathroom has needed upgrades since you moved in. Your vintage home also has that vintage “one outlet per room” wiring, which apparently was sufficient to 1913 but not 2013. You heard something recently about the energy savings of insulating a basement -- but does that mean it will trap moisture?
In the rush to get started on home-improvement projects, given our “late” spring, homeowners may be tempted to forego licensed contractors’ waiting lists and tackle the work on their own.

Tue
14
May

LEAP award-winners’ landscapes, gardens show ‘sustainable’ can still be ‘stunning’


Kids of all ages get involved in studying nature at St. Peter Catholic School’s butterfly garden in North St. Paul. The insect life the garden attracts -- especially the monarch butterfly caterpillars the students monitor through metamorphosis -- make it a multidimensional “classroom.” (submitted photos)

Now that spring has finally sprung, property owners are more than ready to leap into gardening projects.
Some have gotten a jump on them by maintaining healthy landscapes year round, using sustainable approaches that save time, labor and money.

Mon
06
May

Three reasons to have your soil tested this spring

Did you know that one pound of phosphorus from excessive fertilization can produce anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds of algae if that phosphorus reaches a lake or river?

Wed
01
May

Updates that add value — to your home and your life in it

Where can homeowners invest in remodeling projects that pay back the most both in dollars and enjoyment?

Kitchens, bathrooms and exteriors, say the experts.

Tue
16
Apr

How late is it, anyway?

According to seasonal averages, this spring is “behind” the average by about a week and a half, assistant state climatologist Pete Boulay says.

Spring 2012, on the other hand, came four weeks early.

Tue
16
Apr

What to do with a late spring?

Last year saw throngs flocking to garden stores the first two weeks of April.

Mon
08
Apr

Check the foundations, the roof -- and the radon

An estimated one in three Minnesota homes harbors high levels of radon, and the Minnesota Department of Health urges people to have radon levels checked before buying or selling a home.

Fri
05
Apr

'Rehab Addict' host Nicole Curtis transforms local house


This spring, viewers of “Rehab Addict” have been watching host Nicole Curtis restore this 1,264-square-foot house, which was built in 1889 on the East Side of St. Paul.

One East Side home full of memories gets brought back to life, soul intact

Fri
05
Apr

Q & A with Nicole Curtis of 'Rehab Addict'


Nicole Curtis (photo courtesy of DIY Network)

TV host talks about her latest project and popular show

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