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Robotic vacuums make chores easier for busy families

Oh, sure, you’ve probably heard the hype and you might have even tried one of these convenient cleaning helpers yourself. We’re talking about robots that help clean your floors, and, if you’ve paid attention the past few years, many of your friends and family may be extolling the virtues of these machines. So is the hype worth the convenience and cost?

Las Vegas Market defines furniture trends

Every year, tens of thousands of home design professionals gather in Las Vegas for the Winter Las VegasMarket, which ended Thursday. The city becomes the center of attention for new home furnishings as 4,200lines of furniture, bedding, lighting, flooring, accessories and gifts are on display across 40 floors of event space.

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Less is more except when it isn’t

Many designers disagree on this premise of “less is more,” but a few well-placed, appropriate pieces can make a bigger statement as opposed to just filling up a room for the heck of it.

Spraying dormant oil now controls bugs for coming year

Maybe gardeners aren’t busy in Minnesota or Iowa during the winter, but for gardeners living in the Mojave Desert, it is probably our busiest time of year. I’m asked about spraying dormant oils on trees, but most people don’t know anything about them. It’s a shame because it’s probably the most important method to control bugs that may become problems during the coming year. It’s good insurance.

Enjoy movie theater experience without leaving your house

Everyone wants a reason to shop for a new television for their home theater. Here are two reasons: SuperBowl LIII is Feb. 3 and the 91st Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 24.

Dripping drain valve is quick, inexpensive fix

Q: I read your column on draining a water heater and it worked great. However, as I went to turn off the plastic drain faucet, it continued to drip. Is there a washer or something I can replace, or will this turn into a long, drawn-out project?

In desert , Bartlett sets fruit better than Bosc, Anjou

Q: I planted a Bosc pear tree seven years ago not realizing it required a second pollenizer pear tree. For several years, I did get a few pears even though the tree had lots of flowers. I think my neighbor’s pear tree was the pollenizer, but it seems to be failing. I have no room to plant a pollenizer pear tree. Not sure what to do.

Mirrored furniture adds glamour and eye-catching allure

Mirrored furniture may seem like a throwback to a more glamorous and bygone era, but it’s popping up in galleries and showrooms as clients clamor for fun, fashionable decor over staid staples of the past.

Using fertilizer injector system depends on lifestyle

Q: I recently installed an underground fertilizer injector, and I was told to discontinue fertilizing by hand. Does this injector replace fertilizing plants by hand? Is it beneficial as a supplement? If so, how often should it be used?

Options available for covering sliding glass doors

Dear Gail: We just bought our first home and are very excited. We decided on wood floors and wood blinds for the windows. We have a sliding glass door in our family room and are not sure what we should do on it. We had vertical blinds in our apartment and really didn’t care for them. Can we put the wood blinds on the sliding door also? — Rhonda

Conquer the clutter in 2019

Another holiday season has come and gone. Hard to believe. Now it’s time to think about what you’re going to do with the extra socks, sweaters, dish towels, coffee mugs, scarves, books, Santa money clips and other items that were not on your Christmas wish list.

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