Home & Garden Spring

Spring home repairs checklist

The American Society of Home Inspectors offers the following checklist to help homeowners figure out the areas to target for spring repairs:...

Reseeding worn areas of grass

There are often surprises when spring and early summer coax daffodils, lilac and azalea bushes out of hibernation...

Plant flowers with the kids

It’s always fun to involve the kids in a small gardening project...

Have you heard these?

The subject of gardening has provided fodder for a number of witticisms with which you may be familiar...like the following:...

Pruning rose bushes

Prune back your rose bushes after the first bloom. You can either dead-head the spent blooms or do a major cutting back to keep them tame and under control...

Get tough with upholstery stains

Some of the toughest spills to get off upholstered furniture, especially if it is light colored, include juice, wine and tomato sauce. This is one way to attach these stubborn stains:...

Create a styleboard of ideas

For most of us, the home we live in is a continual work in progress. As soon as we get settled into it, we find things we want to change, or fix or maybe add onto it...

Take the time to really organize your home

Thinking back over the long list of topics that have appeared in these pages over the last several years, one theme seems to bind many of them together...

Springtime planting and harvesting in the vegetable garden

Few gardening endeavors are as satisfying as raising one’s own vegetables...

Learn how to have a pest-free yard this season

Many people look forward to the start of summer because it brings the chance to host barbecues and enjoy time outdoors...

When it comes to stopping weeds, mulch really matters

While planning, preparing, planting and maintaining gardens are some of my most savored activities, weeding is not usually a chore I relish...

Spring is the time for dealing with pests in the home

For many people – or at least those who don’t suffer from seasonal allergies – spring is about the best time of the year...

Need more room? Steal some space in your bathroom

If you think the bathroom in your home wants for more space, chances are the family you will eventually sell the home to will find that space lacking, too...

Enjoy the sight and smell of lovely spring lilacs

One of the most delightful flowers of May is the delicately perfumed, fragile, lavender blooms of the old-fashioned lilac, Syringa vulgaris...

Explore these alternatives to air-conditioning

Yes, our days are really warming up as spring turns to summer. But the heat is also on to reduce energy consumption and find greener energy alternatives...

Replacing or repairing wood shingles

If it’s time to paint your house, before you start, survey the siding to see if repairs are in order...

Discover the world of simply superb sunflowers

Of all the flowers I grow from seed, I find the sunflower most wondrous...

Cool new concepts for gardening

One of the driving forces in gardening is many American’s pursuit of healthier eating and greener living...

Grapes you can grow at home

The best grapes for Connecticut are winter-hardy. American cultivars (Vitis lambrusca) and French hybrid types (crosses between V. lambrusca and V. vinifera) are recommended...

Herbs on the window

Spring is an ideal time to plant some herbs in a simple pot or box on a sunny kitchen windowsill. Most herbs can be grown successfully with at least five or six hours of sunshine a day...

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