“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home,” — “Home, Sweet Home,” composed by Englishman Sir Henry Bishop with lyrics by American actor and dramatist John Howard Payne.
The year 2020 will capture attention for being an election year and perhaps for the summer Olympics in Tokyo. On the homeownership side of things, however, it’s the year that an old ozone-eating refrigerant long-used in American home air conditioning units is finally retired for good.
Q: Your advice has helped me get a couple of dozen figs off my relatively young trees this year. However, the attached photos show where there were two figs a few days ago and now they are entirely eaten. I have a net over them so I don’t think it’s birds, and I cannot see bugs anywhere on the plant.
Q: We recently bought a resale home. When we moved in, the front door took a beating. We were clumsy movers, and we dented the door in several places. The door is metal and has been faded by the sun. Can we get rid of the dents, or do we have to replace the door?
If you’re one of the many home decor enthusiasts who enjoy watching Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” you’ve probably heard the term “shiplap” numerous times. This old-school building material is enjoying an extended moment in the spotlight due to its affordability, versatility and durability — and exposure on such a popular television channel.
Q: We have a very lovely and well-tended hybrid Bermuda lawn. This past fall, and now this summer, it has been invaded by a weed called oxalis. What are your suggestions for killing this weed and not damaging our lawn?
There are countless occasional chairs available today. But there’s little doubt that the most enduring design of all is the wingback chair, with its history dating back to the late 17th century.
Hops. Even if you’re not a beer lover, you associate the word with brewing.
Q: At either end of my staircase I have a light switch that turns the staircase light on and off. The problem is that the switches don’t work correctly anymore. What can I do to fix this?
Q: A combination of overwatering and this heat caused my 9-year-old dwarf pomegranate leaves to yellow and drop on about a third of the plant. I turned off the water and hand watered it with small amounts of water. The only thing I did differently was to give the plants a small dose of Miracle-Gro in the spring. Any suggestions?