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  • Many potential causes for stained shingles

    Many potential causes for stained shingles

    QUESTION: I was wondering if you can tell me what causes roofs to become discoloured. A black, wavy line appears on the shingles, particularly on the lower rows. I think it has something to do with how the roof breathes. -- Lyle RileyANSWER: Deterioration to bitumen-based shingle roofing is a . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • Patience is key when bringing your lawn to life

    Patience is key when bringing your lawn to life

    Lawns make up the majority of most of our yards. Even though more people are replacing lawns with perennials beds and edible gardens, turf care is still paramount in our gardening minds. As we enter our long goodbye with winter and embrace our too-short summer, here are some tips for . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • Pesky critters driving gardener squirrelly

    QUESTION: I have a problem with squirrels. They dig up bulbs in my garden faster than I can replace them. Is there any solution? Eugenia (Warren, Man.)ANSWER: What works for one squirrel will not necessarily work for all squirrels, but here are some effective solutions to try. Begin by distracting . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • Respecting home's heritage by rejecting clichés

    Respecting home's heritage by rejecting clichés

    It is rare and refreshing to view a renovation that does not conform to the open-area concept that has become a modern cliché.Homes renovated in the first decades of the 21st century will be known for their conspicuous lack of divider walls, including load-bearing ones replaced by engineered beams. The . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • PRUNING a cut above

    Trimming shrubs takes a bit of knowledge, BUT WORTH THE EFFORT
    PRUNING a cut above

    If you left the stalks standing on most of your herbaceous perennials over the winter, it's easy enough to head outdoors one fine spring afternoon to cut them down to the ground. The newly cut stems are likely to see a few more dustings of snow but it's a nice . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • Trees, shrubs should soon bust into bloom

    Trees, shrubs should soon bust into bloom

    At this time of year nearly everyone is eagerly waiting for the leaves and flowers to appear. You might not realize this fact, but trees and shrubs prepared for this spring last summer. Even now you can see the buds on the twigs. If they are firm and appear healthy . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • Summer colours inspire decorating ideas

    Summer colours inspire decorating ideas

    Ahhh summer. It will soon be here, and with it comes a plethora of colour inspiration and ideas for your decor. Summer fruits and flowers bombard us with delightful colour. Let these summer hues inspire you to update your decor with a fresh, new look.Our feature photo, courtesy of Dulux, . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • Earth Day: going green the right way

    Earth Day: going green the right way

    Earth Day is April 22, and it's a good reminder for all of us to make greener choices to help save energy -- which means more money in your pocket -- reduce waste and have better, healthier homes. Because that's what it's about -- going green but being smart.I've seen . . .

    April 18, 2015

  • Pretty BELLS

    HEUCHERA a beautiful plant, but only if you grow it right
    Pretty BELLS

    I know for certain that all of my hosta plants will eventually re-emerge from their winter sleep at some point this spring. The only thing that might spoil the perfection of the furled-up leaves of hosta as they poke through the ground with assuredness is if a rabbit comes by . . .

    April 11, 2015

  • Know cottage requirements before building

    Question: I have just purchased land in the RM of Gimli and will be looking to clear and build on it, if not this year then next. We are only looking at a 900-square-foot cottage. The problem I'm having is that every foundation person is quoting me about $16, 000 . . .

    April 11, 2015