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Lack of water causes established trees to die back

Q: Around town and in my neighborhood, many midlife trees are dying. In beautiful large trees, there are dead branches and sometimes just a fully dead tree. Some trees are planted in gravel and some in a yard. Do you notice that also?

Bathtub splash guards can help prevent water damage

When kids splash water out of the bathtub, damage begins at the top front edge of the tub and gets worse as the tub meets the floor. Aside from supervision, you can install splash guards at both ends of the tub to prevent water damage on the wall and floor.

Rainbow of hues to choose

Earlier this month the New Jersey-based company, considered the international expert on color trends, designated Living Coral as the color of the year for 2019. Meanwhile, more than a half-dozen major paint manufacturers also chose shades to market as their 2019 colors of the year.

Set a memorable holiday table

Now that the halls have been decked with boughs of holly and the Christmas tree is standing erect with its many colorful ornaments, it’s time to start planning that holiday dinner or that simple, yet elegant cocktail party. Whatever the event, home entertaining is active this time of year, and every host and hostess wants to make sure the dining table and surrounding area reflects his or her personality whether formally, casually or buffet style.

Start with three boxes to sort clutter

Over the years we all collect and gather things in our daily travels. Then we have the daily items we use every day to contend with. We want to have them out for convenience, but that’s where the clutter begins.

Where do designers shop?

Interior designers know the places to go for all the latest home decor products and a few surprises. Although they get the jump on trends with access to trade-only shows, they also find fabulous pieces online and at local shops.

Aphids are a huge problem because they reproduce rapidly

Q: I have a small crape myrtle tree with leaves that were constantly wet this year. The ground and plants underneath were always wet. Now that the leaves are gone. I can see the branches are also wet. Another tree I have is perfectly dry and normal. What’s causing this and how can I correct it?

Access interior design help — online

Online design is a growing trend that is likely here to stay, however, it’s too early to say how much it will bite into the more than $11 billion spent annually in the U.S. interior design industry. But given the growth in the number of these types of websites in the past few years, the early guess is that online interior design will remain a reliable homeowner resource for years to come.

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