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Warmer weather signals the return of outdoor living

May 1, 2015

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Nearly eight out of 10 homeowners have an outdoor room or are creating one. “Outdoor rooms continue to evolve as one of the most important areas of the homescape,” says award-winning West Coast-based designer Richard Frinier. With the explosion of performance fabrics and fibers for weathersafe rugs, as well as Read More

Column: What to do for May

Inside: Wash throw rugs and hang outside to dry. Move indoor plants back outside gradually. If you gave up on your hanging baskets last fall, buy some new ones for the porch. Complete closet cleanups. Pack away clean winter clothes, rehang those on hangers and follow with dust covers or reuse dry cleaning bags. Clean Read More

Column: The value of our trees

April 24, 2015

There are more than 60 million trees in the United States that line public streets. The trees have a value of more than $30 billion and a potential value of $80 billion if properly cared for. In Wyoming, inventories conducted on approximately 108,000 public trees had a value of more than $115 million and this Read More

Column: How to read a seed packet

There is a lot of information on a seed packet. Sometimes so much that it can be overwhelming. Consider a few things when deciding what you would like to try this season. • How much sun per day does the growing plant need? • How big will the plant eventually get? This is important for Read More

Time to address spring lawn care needs

April 18, 2015

By Scott Hininger Now is the time to begin some of those spring lawn-care activities we have been waiting for.  We can start by core aerating the lawn after we have picked up all those tree branches and pruned the broken branches. Core aerating is an essential management tool for turf areas, especially those that Read More

Home salon home: Give your home the spa treatment

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick A non-commercial home salon can be a personal oasis where one can be pampered without leaving the house. As individualized as each person’s hairstyle, a home salon should also have its own sense of style, says Los Angeles-based stylist and WEN hair care product developer Chaz Dean. “I have Read More

The wait is over

Enjoying the sights, sounds and even the chores of spring is here at last and it is easy to get carried away and try to do too much too soon. Gardening is proven to be good for your mind and body. On average, gardening burns about 200 to 300 calories an hour outdoors. If you Read More

This year’s top crops

April 10, 2015

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick AAS: Since 1932, All-America Selections has recognized top new flower and vegetable varieties. Many of the 270 AAS vegetable winners over the years have become classics: The Celebrity tomato won in 1984 and remains very popular today. Waltham Butternut squash, a 1970 winner, is still one of the best-performing, most Read More

News for spring: A bumper crop of new vegetables

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick This year, there are more reasons than ever to grow your own tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and broccoli. It’s a banner year for the introduction of new varieties — now is a great time to make room for vegetables in your garden, or in a couple of big pots on a Read More

My rule of thumb for lawn care

I’ve always subscribed to the theory that garden care should be as chemical free as possible. Having said that, I do fertilize the lawn frequently over the summer by following the series of holidays that occur. My first weed and feed fertilizer is Easter, followed by Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or July 4, Read More

Column: Help dealing with plants that poke and stick

April 3, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office.  Many of us have had the experience of pruning or being around roses and can appreciate not only the beauty of these plants but also the fact that they can grab your attention. I am often perplexed why we put up signs or fences to direct Read More

Gardening’s new ethos: Help the planet (and look good too)

By Katherine Roth the Associated Press From the biggest botanical gardens to the smallest backyard plots and terraces, there’s a movement underway to make gardens work harder for the environment. “It’s no longer enough for a garden to just look pretty. Every garden needs to do more and every garden matters,” said Douglas Tallamy, a Read More

Column: A few good bugs

Every gardener knows that your garden benefits by having a few bugs around to help out. Here are some we all need for the health of the garden. 1. Predatory beetles and bugs There are hundreds to chose from that dine on their plant eating kin. Tiger, soldier, ground and ladybird beetles, along with assassin Read More

Rain gardens clean up surface waters

March 27, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Rain gardens are depressions that hold water for a short period of time and are increasingly popular with homeowners, municipalities and are mandatory for many commercial businesses. They catch storm water runoff from sidewalks, parking lots, roads and roofs and typically have some kind of vegetation Read More

Beyond window dressing: Treatment options show versatility

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Cover-up isn’t the issue. For most, windows are welcome — the more, the merrier. They usher in natural light, and sunshine is a surefire pick-me-up. There is that privacy thing — you don’t want to feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. But equally important, is the matter of decor’s Read More

Birdhouse contest

Over the summer months starting in June The Sheridan Press’s Home and Garden page will be sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand prize winner. Please submit photos of your birdhouse to or bring a photo to the office. Please explain who built the house and where it Read More

Column: Digging for buried treasure

March 20, 2015

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. Digging for potatoes is like looking for buried treasure, especially if you have young kids. Potatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family, which means the vines and green tubers are poisonous. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and provide calcium and iron. Potato Read More

Radon can be a killer – and it is worth checking out

By Henri de Marne Universal Uclick Q: We have heard increasingly about radon, its presence and potential dangers. However, while I will admit freely my skepticism about most things, I also must admit my ignorance concerning this subject. We and our sons have resided in a home that we designed and had built some 30 Read More

Column: Keeping them clean

While visiting our grandkids in North Carolina a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang several blinds in their new home. Simple blinds designed for privacy and to help insulate from weather temperature swings are easy to hang and fairly inexpensive.  But by about the fifth shade, while standing on a foot stool, Read More

The charm of the modern farm: No ‘duck-in-bonnets’ motifs for this country style

March 13, 2015

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick You don’t need  attached acreage to enjoy the honest design of farm living. While the mauve ruffles and dusty blue “duck-in-bonnet” motifs of the 1980s country craze are out, today’s true farmhouse details also can be at home in suburbia or a city loft. The modern take on classic Read More

Garden ornament

I am inspired by ornament in the garden. Even if it is only a stack of stones or an interesting gate, trellis or plant. Once I dug a series of 36-inch deep holes in order to build a large rectangular wooden trellis/arbor over the shale walkway from the side yard to the terraced back yard. Read More

Column: Table topped

March 7, 2015

The surface of an old table or desk often shows the signs of wear and tear long before the rest of it is ready for the junk pile. Extend the life of the piece by covering the top with canvas, linen, leather or metal. First, measure the tabletop’s width and length, then measure its thickness. Read More

Column: Pruning fruit trees is a annual job

Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. March is a good time to start pruning fruit trees.  As the tree grows this spring, it will start to heal itself.  I think it is most important to prune only that which is needed.  This includes dead wood and broken branches. In addition, diseased branches Read More

Falling for Fallingwater

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick An invisible hand is at work in successful naturalistic landscapes. Nature gets all the credit in the eyes of the beholder, but there’s plenty of hard work behind the scenes. That human hand — well-concealed — shapes visitors’ experience of Fallingwater, the magnificent home in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Read More

Column: Are voles damaging your plants, trees and lawn?

February 27, 2015

By Scott Hininger Scott Hininger is with the Sheridan County Extension office. I noticed with the nice weather we recently had — with the snow gone — that there is some vole damage. Voles are mouse-looking rodents that can damage or consume flower bulbs, garden plants, vegetables and field and forage crops. Voles can scar Read More

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