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Houseplants need bright, indirect light and light watering

The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and thoughts turn to all the plants in the front or backyard that need care and attention after the long winter. But depending on your green thumb, maybe those thoughts should turn to indoor houseplants.

Live large in your small space

“Small Is Beautiful” is the title of a series of books by E. F. Schumacher (1911-1977), German economist

Window coverings come in a variety of colors and materials

Choosing the right window coverings for your new or remodeled home is one of the most important decisions you will make — maybe even more so than getting the keys to the front door or programming that remote garage door opener. And unlike the simple decisions your grandparents had to make, today’s choices come in a vast palette of colors, textures and natural or synthetic materials.

Use ‘come-along’ tool to stretch chain-link fence

Q: On the side of my house next to my outside wall is an open area that we want to close in so the dog won’t run out. It’s a small dog, so we only need a fence about 3 feet high. The guy we bought the house from already installed metal poles in the ground for chain-link fencing. My question is, how do I stretch the fencing across the poles?

Proper pruning, thinning, irrigation increases fruit size

Q: Peaches from my dwarf peach tree were very small again last year. This is the third year the fruit developed into a small size. We fertilize them twice a year with vegetable spikes and our in-ground system fertilizer system has Dr. Benson’s Natural Mix added five times per year. Any suggestions?

Staging your home will impress buyers

Dear Gail: I’m going to be selling my home and was wondering whether or not I should stage it. I’ve been reading a lot about staging and wanted your thoughts on if I could do it myself or hire a professional stager. Will it really make a difference since our market has improved? — Sam

Designers interpret West Coast style

To interior designer Wendy Blackband, the West is sophisticated and refined with a casualness that speaks to the laid-back California/West Coast lifestyle that promotes the freedom to break the rules.

Natural and artificial products make your home smell great

Nearly everyone has infused a scent into their home. Whether it’s by burning a candle or incense, melting fragranced wax or spraying a room with a certain smell, Americans seem to love scenting their homes. In fact, the recent Las Vegas Market showcased several fragrance-inducing methods for home and business owners alike.

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