Don’t just sweep the spring cleaning under the rug, move it outside and take advantage of those temperate days before the desert sun swelters in a few months.
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Q: What is the best fertilizer to use on lantana? I have yellow and purple, and the yellow just never seems to keep the flowers long in the summertime; they come and go and do no not look very vibrant. Is there such a thing a mild fertilizer to use?
Q: I just moved into a 5-year-old resale home that has a pool. Nobody told me how to service the filter for the pool. The previous owner said that the filters are cartridges, but he wasn’t very helpful in explaining what to do with them. What should I be doing and how often should it be done?
Raised brick, swaths of cork, bold butterflies that seem to flutter on the fabric. This isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper. Modern designs and paper inventions are colorful, quirky and easy to apply, making wallpaper a DIYers dream.
The rain this past weekend may have brought some problems along with it, the same as it did last year after a rain like this. Problems might develop during the coming week or, with some plants, even extend into May or later.
I admit, I am a mass-transit junky. After many years in Tokyo, I have had a taste of a car-free life. While Southern Nevadans could hardly have a functioning life without a car, I imagine many of us who have lived in a metropolitan city with an efficient mass transit system can attest to the convenience and low stress that it offers.
With the holiday season but a distant memory and the last traces of white powder no longer visible on the surrounding mountaintops, garden tools and patio furniture are now ubiquitously displayed in every type of home store heralding the time of year for the outdoor life we enjoy so much here in Las Vegas.
A cabana is defined by where you live or who you ask. If you live near the Mediterranean Sea or Pacific Ocean, it is a small tent or hut with one open wall that is used as a dressing room.
Q: I bought a new refrigerator that has an ice maker ready to go. I was thinking how nice it would be not to have to fill the trays to make ice. When I have a party, I won’t have to spend the previous two days making ice. There is a valve at the bottom of the wall, so how do I hook up the ice maker?
This month I’d like to finish what became a series on redesigning a room. The last step is accessorizing, which, besides selecting paint colors, seems to be the most frustrating area for most homeowners.
Q: My evergreen oak tree is more than 20 years old. Some of the leaves are turning yellow and dropping. While there is some new growth, it is not as vigorous as prior years. The tree is on drip irrigation and gets a deep watering twice a month. There is a 5-foot circle underneath with no rock. It also was deep-root fertilized in February by a commercial company.
Planting a summer vegetable garden in our high-desert climate with its ovenlike temperatures, punishing winds and moisture-slurping atmosphere is not for the timid.
Q : I have Katy and Blenheim apricots that are supposed to be low chill and self-pollinating but they barely produced any fruit the last two years. Three years ago both trees had a large amount of fruit. The trees seem to be healthy and there were plenty of bees.
“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.” — George Santayana (1863-1952), philosopher, essayist and poet, “Little Essays” (1920)
Many pool owners are planning outdoor activities for the spring and summer, from holiday parties, to graduation celebrations, Mother’s Day brunches and birthday bashes. Now is the best time to prepare the pool, assuring pool time and those special events go off without a hitch.
Q : What should I use to amend raised beds? My beds need to be rejuvenated. Sulfur, rock dust, chicken manure, worm castings — I am not sure which ones to use or to use them all.
Q : I have a range hood that is a piece of trash. When I turn it on, it sucks the air in and spits it right back in my face. The hood sits on an exterior wall, but I want to change it so that it exhausts outside instead of inside. How can I do this?
In Las Vegas, there’s only one bar that can boast the “safest trip home” and pretty much guarantee that police won’t be pulling you over and requesting a deep breath.
When it comes to green living, it is hard to escape discussing carbon — carbon dioxide, carbon sequestration, carbon footprint, carbon offsets and the list goes on. Carbon is an illusive, often misunderstood element. Without it, there is no life, however, with too much in our atmosphere we are pushing toward disastrous, unmanageable consequences.
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