Home and Garden

Leaf diseases of poplars, aspens and cottonwoods

July 12, 2013

The major species of deciduous trees grown in Wyoming include quaking Aspen, silver poplar, balsam poplar, Lombardy poplar, cottonwoods and willows, which all belong to the Populous family of trees. Unfortunately, they are susceptible to several major diseases. Early recognition and identification of the problem are key to effective management. First, we need to distinguish Read More

Seed Bombs

So called seed bombs — balls of seed, compost and clay — can give an instant lift to any undeveloped area. Meadows, vacant lots, etc. To make, mix together five parts natural air-drying clay, one part compost, and one part seeds. Roll into 1-inch balls; dry on waxed paper a few days. Give them as Read More

Creating a fire-resistant,defensible landscape at home

July 5, 2013

With the wet weather in the northeast part of Wyoming has experienced, the wildfires in Colorado and dry condition in southern Wyoming we need to be proactive to help mitigate these types of disasters. The first defense against wildfire is to create a fire-safe landscape around your home. This can be achieved by removing flammable Read More

Deep- cleaning the grill

As Martha Stewart knows, a dirty grill can put you at risk for frequent flare-ups caused by grease and grime. I’m not Martha, but I know that looking at a dirty grill makes me wonder about the cooking and cleaning standards of the owner. Most modern grills are just not that hard to clean. Here Read More

Reaching your porch potential

It’s porch season. A well-dressed porch is an important part of both the house and the garden: It’s a transition area, neither inside nor out, that offers the best of both. A porch is a place to escape from your desk, and from which to admire all your hard work on the flower beds. Porches Read More

What to do for July

June 28, 2013

Inside: Wash hardwood floors with a solution of one part vinegar and four parts water. Swab off immediately with a towel. The vinegar will remove wax buildup but if you leave it on for too long, it will turn your floors green. Use one of the new floor products to add a seal and shine. Read More

Miller moths and other common pests

I have seen some moths around town lately and received calls about the number of moths locally. Some caterpillars over winter and others migrate north as moths. The moths this year will probably be either a cutworm or armyworm of some type. The life cycle of the moths is around 10-14 days. That is the Read More

Small style hits the big time

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick If not a decided shift at recent High Point, N.C., furniture markets, let us just say that rooms with smaller footprints will not be ignored. The good news is that the commitment poses even more ramped-up challenges to design furniture smartly, with an eye to size and proportions, multitasking, built-ins Read More

Traveling house plant

June 21, 2013

Always use a dolly when dealing with heavy or oversized containers. Heavy potted plants are easily moved with a homemade dolly. Begin by finding a flat stone that is large enough to hold the pot. Cut a piece of three-fourths-inch exterior plywood into a square just smaller than the stone. Stain the plywood to match Read More

Solving the problem of blossom end rot

With summer here and everything in the garden growing rapidly, we need to be concerned with blossom end rot on our tomatoes, peppers and squash. Although blossom end rot is common in Wyoming, there are preventative measures to take to minimize loss based on the probable causes. Blossom end rot looks just like it sounds. Read More

Inviting your garden inside

For those fortunate enough to have decent shelter, spring’s slow warm-up act has been more annoyance than genuine hardship. There is a solution of sorts, if you ask designer Shane Powers. Powers has a long track record of interior design work for major publications, and one of those gigs opened his eyes to the possibilities Read More

Caring for outdoor furniture

June 14, 2013

Today, most patio, garden, deck and porch furniture is relatively easy to maintain, but it helps to know how to care for the materials you own. • Plastics and resins — These modern materials have come a long way, resisting fading, yellowing and cracking. Most are impervious to sun, wind, rain and snow. Nothing more Read More

Homeowners are falling for fountains

Fountains are bubbling up inside homes. Whether this water feature greets guests in the front foyer, or acts as a transition to outside spaces on a porch, fountains create Zen-like zones in homes. More homeowners are falling for fountains, which not only complement a home’s architecture, but can also reflect personal style, says Amy Hansen, Read More

Furniture worth a second look

June 7, 2013

I am a devoted second-hand furniture shopper. I’ve always enjoyed picking up some piece with potential, bringing it home and making it sing with beautiful paint, stain and fabric. I’ve had some pieces for more than 30 years, reluctantly passing them on when I’ve upgraded to more expensive furniture. Recently I completed a table that Read More

Cocktail gardens put a new twist on edible landscaping

Shake things up in the backyard this summer: Fresh herbs and fruit have long been the key ingredients in some of summer’s most refreshing libations, and when they’re within easy reach of the backyard bartender, every cocktail becomes a flourishing signature drink. Making a mojito with homegrown mint is only part of the picture, though. Read More

Battling boxelder bugs in the springtime

May 31, 2013

If you are like me, I am ready for spring and for the boxelder bugs, boisea trivittatus, to go away. This year is the first year in a long time I have had to deal with boxelder bugs in the office. If you have lived any time at all in Wyoming you have had or Read More

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) for an hour or more before using. Wash your windows with a solution of hot water and dishwasher detergent. Use a squeegee to wipe dry. Replace dark drapes with Read More

Airy elegance: outdoor decor comes into its own

By Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick From all-weather wicker, modern mesh and other open weaves, to teak in all shades from honey to warm grays, to metal in sleek stainless steel, to rustic wrought-iron looks to a range of painted hues, the selection has never been greater or more stylish for outdoor furniture. It reaffirms a Read More

Home design for small spaces

May 24, 2013

Terence Conran is a British designer, author, developer and entrepreneur who already has plenty of professional titles to fill a business card, but he could probably add “amateur philosopher” to the list. This sideline talent emerges in the introduction of his latest book, “How to Live in Small Spaces.” As the title suggests, the book Read More

Will we ever see a better supermarket strawberry?

SHERIDAN — Big, bright red strawberries can break your heart. For durability they are often picked on the firmer, green side, meaning they will redden, but not ripen, after picking. So they fall short on taste. This is the strawberry version of the tomato problem: pretty fruit, underflavored. The tomato problem was solved in part by Read More

The importance of WD-40

WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser to protect missile parts. It’s name comes from the project that was to find a “water displacement” compound. They were successful with the 40th formulation, thus WD-40. Read More

Sinking into functional artwork

May 17, 2013

By Mary G. Pepitone Universal UClick A sinking feeling can be a good thing when it comes to the kitchen or bathroom basin. Form follows function with today’s bounty of stylish basin choices for the home. “A sink can become an unexpected focal point in a kitchen or bathroom,” says Suzanne Healy, an artist and Read More

A Wyoming rose by any other name is still a rose

I like a western attitude to growing roses, sort of the survival of the fittest with minimum care. If you really want to, you can baby some of the nice, tender ones, but there are some that really look good and are very hardy. Botanists believe that roses evolved 60 million years ago, probably in Read More

Tips for the home and garden

A splash of color A clear shower curtain becomes a unique work of art when you use brightly colored paint markers or acrylic paint to stencil or apply designs directly to the surface. Fabric-Paint Pointer When painting on fabric, prevent fading and running during the wash cycle by using only fabric or acrylic paint. Newly Read More

Fill flowerpots with inspiration

May 10, 2013

No garden is too small or too large for fabulous plantings in flowerpots. Pots give gardeners in small spaces room to grow. In large gardens, flowerpots are a great way to develop the detail and to grow delicate plants that might otherwise get lost; pots focus the eye just as a frame sharpens the impact Read More

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