Category Archives: Home and Garden

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

This year’s top crops

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… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Rain gardens clean up surface waters

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: Digging for buried treasure

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… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

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