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  • Make your backyard work for you this summer

    Make your backyard work for you this summer

    We're heading full force into summer, and for many of us, our idea of a great summer starts with a great backyard. But more than just a place to have some drinks, enjoy time with the kids and friends, it's important that your backyard works for you -- by that . . .

    June 27, 2015

  • Sheds top list of homeowner DIY projects

    Sheds top list of homeowner DIY projects

    The Home Projects Council conducted a recent survey of 507 homeowners in the United States and 45 per cent said they planned to spend $1, 000 or more on outdoor do-it-yourself home-improvement projects in 2015.In 2014, just 37 per cent of homeowners responding planned to spend at that level.This year's . . .

    June 27, 2015

  • Trees important part of daily lives

    Trees important part of daily lives

    Some of you must wonder about the seemingly never-ending impact diseases and pests have on our trees. Although I write a great deal about the problems trees have, there is always enduring value to having trees as a part of our daily lives. We have much to be thankful for . . .

    June 27, 2015

  • Growing to the chapel

    Backyard weddings are the ultimate garden party
    Growing to the chapel

    How would you react if a bride-to-be visualized your backyard as the idyllic setting for her wedding? Just being asked, of course, would be the ultimate complement to your garden design. Consider, however, the countless details that go into planning the biggest garden party of them all.Julie Pritchard, owner of . . .

    June 27, 2015

  • Clean mould and mildew with baking soda and vinegar

    QUESTION: I am wondering if you might have a home remedy for removing mildew and mould in a shower stall. Also, do you have any tricks for discouraging snakes from entering your house? Thank-you so much. Darquise, WinnipegANSWER: Here is a solution to remove mould and mildew in a shower . . .

    June 27, 2015

  • Moving basement window a task fraught with risk

    Could weaken foundation, lead to cracks, damage
    Moving basement window a task fraught with risk

    Question: We are planning to replace our wood-burning fireplace with a gas one. In order to do so, a gas meter would have to be placed below our kitchen window. Currently, the window for our basement bedroom is below the kitchen exit onto the deck. The deck is made to . . .

    June 20, 2015

  • PERFECT perennials

    Last year's flash frost damaging, but could inspire rebuilding
    PERFECT  perennials

    Last November gardeners braced themselves for potential plant losses when temperatures suddenly plummeted from 0 degrees on Nov. 23 to -28 C by Nov. 26. Without the benefit of at least a few protective centimetres of snow cover at the time, none of us could be certain that even a . . .

    June 20, 2015

  • Step up your decor: decorate your stairway

    Step up your decor: decorate your stairway

    It's time for a refresher course. We've covered some of these ideas before but one tends to forget, so today let's review some awesome ways to decorate a staircase.With the exception of grand windows or a fireplace a staircase might be the most architecturally interesting feature of your home. It . . .

    June 20, 2015

  • Placement of insulation important in crawl space

    Placement of insulation important in crawl space

    Question:I have a question that I have not been able to answer through my extensive research and I appreciated the light you shed on heated cold crawlspaces. My situation is that I have a crawlspace below my kitchen which has an outlet from my forced air gas furnace. When renovating . . .

    June 13, 2015

  • Decorating for a party sets the mood

    Decorating for a party sets the mood

    My husband and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I wanted to share some of the decorating ideas I had for our party. These are affordable, stylish ideas that are sure to please any crowd. Our guests really enjoyed the decor and commented on it in the positive. Of . . .

    June 13, 2015