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Get ready for the holidays by managing clutter

Now is the time to get your home organized for the holidays, and organizing is all about clutter and getting rid of that clutter.

Cactuses not all the same, shouldn’t be treated same way

Cactuses and other succulents are as varied in their needs as different types of landscape trees and shrubs. We can’t help but think of a cactus as just a cactus, but they are not all the same and shouldn’t be treated the same way.

Tips for decorating in a contemporary environment

Weaving traditional warmth into cool minimalist settings can be a challenge, too. Here, a few designers give tips — with some do’s and don’ts — when it comes to holiday decorating in modern interiors.

Deciduous trees, shrubs drop leaves in cold temperatures

Most leaf drop of deciduous trees and shrubs occurs by mid-December. Some plants will start dropping leaves as early as the second week of November while others drop leaves later. But of course, much of that depends on the weather and tree health.

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Removing tack strip without damaging the floor can be tricky

Removing the carpet tack strip from your floor is just the beginning. Your carpet pad is secured using adhesive, and the floor will undoubtedly be tired-looking, so you will have to refinish the floor once you remove everything from it.

Leave outdoor holiday decoration to pros

To some homeowners, images of exterior holiday decorating bring to mind Clark Griswold’s incandescent disaster in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Perhaps it would be better to have a professional hang lights on the home instead.

Wait until spring to prune pomegranate trees

To increase the size of pomegranate fruit, focus on pruning, applying fertilizer and watering enough so the plant doesn’t get droughty. Right now, because it is late fall and it is getting colder, there is nothing to do.

Removing ceramic tile not difficult, just messy

Q: I recently bought a house that has Formica tops and a ceramic tile backsplash. I am going to replace them with granite and tumbled marble. How difficult would it be for me to remove the backsplash? Also, is there something that dissolves grout or is it something that has to be chipped away?

Adjustments help older adults age in place

As we age, simple daily tasks can become more difficult, and adjustments to our home environments may be required. Certain changes in our living spaces can make life easier as we age in place.

Picking time for pomegranates differs with variety

It is true the majority of pomegranates are picked around Halloween. However, the time to pick pomegranates depends on its variety. there are varieties of pomegranates that must be picked at other times. One such variety favored in Southern Nevada is called Utah Sweet that ripens and is ready to be harvested around the end of September.

Add hints of autumn to decor

Warmer tones in the home help create an autumn mood. Living, dining and bedroom environments work for subtle touches.

Bermuda grass can invade lawns when water is scarce

Let’s focus on controlling Bermuda grass this fall. Common Bermuda grass is sometimes called “devil’s grass” by old-timers. All types of Bermuda grass, from common (the weed) to hybrid Bermuda (think golf course), like heat, sunlight and water but can invade when water is scarce and other plants struggle to shade the ground.