Category Archives: Home and Garden

Column: Secrets of great gardeners

By Susan Woody This is a collection of tips from a varied circle of gardeners. What is your favorite tip? Pam Wolf, MS in botany • Break up and spread the root ball of pot-bound transplants before setting them in the ground. • Bury herb pots in the ground during summer, and bring them indoor for… Continue Reading

Fixing the leaky basement: Part 2

By Henri de Marne Universal Uclick If leakage is occurring through the walls of your basement, or through cracks in them, as opposed to coming up from below the slab, or if you do not wish to go to the hassle of installing an under-slab drain, you can use an above slab drain system, either… Continue Reading

Column: The cure for the common coneflower

Echinacea — the staple of any garden — is suddenly a whole lot more interesting. For years the only color was that Pepto-pink shade. Now you can find a variety of colors to add interest to any yard. The simple Echinacea is indigenous to North America and you’ll find them growing along side highways across… Continue Reading

Design around the block

Design around the block

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick Utilizing natural light, while still maintaining privacy, need not be a design stumbling block in the home. Once relegated largely to commercial applications, the ease of installing clear block systems as residential windows and walls can be as smooth as glass, says Roger Murphy, president of Hy-Lite, a U.S.… Continue Reading

Column: The perfect tomato

Growing tomatoes is the perfect pastime for summer. From the Early Girl, beefsteak to an heirloom, getting an assortment to try is kind of like finding the perfect wine — everybody likes something different best. Years ago, a master gardener friend — one of the most brilliant MGs I’ve known — gave me a few… Continue Reading

Column: Dealing with pesky lawn weeds

By: Scott Hininger One of the more common weeds most of us recognize is the dandelion which is in the sunflower family. This low growing perennial is easily recognized by the yellow flower followed by the white fluffy ball of seeds. The leaves are a wide lobed shaped, and the root is a long taproot… Continue Reading

Kid Stuff: making room for play

Kid Stuff: making room for play

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick Playing is what childhood is all about. Making a place to play in the garden inspires kids and sets them an example for the rest of their lives. Even in a tiny backyard, there is plenty of room for children to play, and for adults to have a good time,… Continue Reading

Column: Birdhouse basics

Choose a house to fit a bird’s needs. Plain, unpainted wood is the best because it looks like the real thing — a hole in a tree. Fancy birdhouses work well too, but they just take a little longer to attract tenants. Two or three basic size ranges will suit most backyard birds. The diameter… Continue Reading

Eye on health and cooking styles

Eye on health and cooking styles

Demand for professional heavy-duty juicers like Omega and Vitamix remains robust — high price tags notwithstanding. But the offerings (and price points) continue to expand. Salton’s newest professional power blender is marketed with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. It can whip up smoothies, soups and even mill rice for rice flour. Best of all is a… Continue Reading

Tips for summer lawn care

Many factors influence lawn water requirements, and no two lawns are exactly alike. A healthy, high-quality bluegrass lawn may need up to 2.25 inches of water per week under hot, dry, windy summer conditions; bluegrass only uses 1.5 inches of water per week. It may require much less when the weather is cool or cloudy.… Continue Reading

What to do for June

Inside: On warm days keep salads and veggie plates crisp by serving them on chilled plates. Place a stack of plates in the refrigerator (not the freezer, which could crack ceramics) for an hour or more before using. Wash your windows with a solution of hot water and dishwasher detergent. Use a squeegee to wipe… Continue Reading

A new loo: Sleek, innovative and functional

A new loo: Sleek, innovative and functional

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal Uclick A NEW LOO Bathroom design need not be flushed when seeking the best plan for a powder room’s privy. “People don’t really think about the design of a toilet, until it comes time to replace the old one,” says Chuck York, a vice president with Mansfield Plumbing Products in… Continue Reading

Column: Lost in translation

There are few things as daunting to weekend gardeners than horticultural jargon. Here is a gardener’s glossary that defines some common gardening terms. (I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the source of this list.) Flat 1. a shallow, rectangular tray used for germinating seedlings. 2. the state of your flowerbed after a black… Continue Reading

Column: The Bronze Birch borer menace

By Scott Hininger Bronze birch borers are members of the Flatheaded borers and feed and reproduce on stressed and dying trees. They have been identified in northern Wyoming. Most native trees (birch, oak, honeylocust, basswood, maple and ironwood) are attacked by native flatheaded borers. Most Asian and European species and cultivars of white-barked birch that… Continue Reading

Life in the garden: the comforts of inside, outside

Life in the garden: the comforts of inside, outside

By Marty Ross Universal Uclick Garden furniture is taking its cues from living rooms these days. Collapsible tailgate-party chairs and stackable plastic no longer seem graceful enough for back yards and porches, where substantial, good-looking furniture encourages you to take some time off from your busy world. “I have seen outdoor spaces that look better… Continue Reading

Column: Summer birdhouse contest

Over the summer months starting in June, The Sheridan Press’ Home and Garden page will be sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand-prize winner. To enter please submit photos of your birdhouse to or bring a photo to the Press office. Please explain who built the house and… Continue Reading

Warmer weather signals the return of outdoor living

Warmer weather signals the  return of outdoor living

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: The value of our trees

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Time to address spring lawn care needs

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… Continue Reading

Home salon home: Give your home the spa treatment

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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