It’s great having a garage. So many things can be stored there.
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Q: I found 50 to 100 red and black beetles running around the rocks in my yard while I was pulling weeds. If these numbers are representative, I must have thousands. A friend thinks they may be boxelder bugs, but I don’t have any boxelder trees in my yard. The pictures of boxelder bugs online are similar but do not look exactly like these. So what are they and should I declare war on them and begin spraying?
An awards show Sept. 15 at Wynn Las Vegas recognized the best in television, radio, online and mobile direct response marketing. Think Pocket Hose, My Pillow, Ninja Coffee Bar, Oxy Clean, Ped Egg Foot File, Battle Balloons, Polar Pooch Self Cooling Mat and Jillian Michaels Nordic Track.
Q: My refrigerator wasn’t getting cold enough, so I called in a repairman. He said the fan was blocked, pulled out a bunch of debris and cleaned it out. He commented that most problems with refrigerators could be avoided with simple maintenance. With that, he socked me with a $150 repair bill and I’m irate. What other maintenance could I have done?
Q: When do I feed a 50-year-old pecan tree growing in our front yard, and with what?
One of the best parts of being in Las Vegas’ Zone 8b climate is the ability to grow great food all year. If battling summer’s blazing sun is the hardest part of your gardening adventure, winter gardening might just be the place to start.
Q: I was told I need chelated iron for my roses. So, per instructions, I added the granulated type today. My question is, how often do I do this? They do not mention this on the label, just the dosage.
Longtime readers of this column no doubt are familiar with my penchant for juxtaposing the old and new and even sometimes mixing styles. However, in doing that, the basic tenets of design must always be followed, such as form following function coupled with a healthy respect for scale and proportion.
Before reaching for a rolled-up paper the next time an eight-legged visitor is crawling on the wall of your home, take a closer look. That little bugger has beauty well beyond its capabilities to creep.
Dear Gail: I’ve been looking for new lamps for my living room, and I like that the stores now have mix-and-match lamps and shades. But how do I go about selecting the right shade for a lamp? Nicole